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The Complete Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

4.28 of 5 stars 4.28  ·  rating details  ·  83,261 ratings  ·  433 reviews
Lilly Owens, ed. Illustrated edition of 159 cherished tales that have enchanted readers for generations. Includes The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor's New Clothes, Snow Queen, all uncut with beautiful illustrations by Arthur Rackham, Hans Richter, et al. 60 B&W illustrations. 816 pages.
Paperback, 803 pages
Published July 15th 1997 by Portland House, div. of Random House Value Publ. (first published 1874)
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Eldonfoil TH*E Whatever Champion
Strangely, despite four decades on Earth, I have almost no familiarity with this gentleman Hans. If I can live another 4 decades, I doubt I'll forget about him from here on out.

What is most generally striking/perplexing to me is how these stories came to be known as children tales, came to be widely accepted and popular rather than scorned. I don't think it's just my glasses that view Hans Christian Andersen as a soul that senses more darkness than light. “Yes, every year the trees have new, fr
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Jessica
Good gravy but something was wrong with Hans Christian Anderson. If household objects aren't chatting about their social status, then people are dying in the streets of Copenhagen! I mean, seriously. I knew the original story of The Little Mermaid, but my kids didn't. The horror on their faces was priceless. I also knew the basic story of The Snow Queen, mostly from the Faerie Tale Theatre version. I'd never read the whole thing. I think the best part was when Gerda asks the flowers if they've s ...more
Chris
Today, Hans Christian Andersen would be given drugs and therapy, and then more drugs. He would be put into a study about repressed homosexuals and boys with a mamma fixation. All this because of his stories. Andersen’s stories are also not very happy when you truly think about them. For every happy story, like “The Ugly Duckling”, there are at least two sad stories.

Yet Andersen, at least in American circles, is considered a children’s author. Whether this is due to those editions or retellings
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Noelle
Beautifully selected works set in a fantastic translation, Hans Christian Anderson’s The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories is a wonderful introduction to the author’s work. His famous works are included and the translations are just as engaging as Anderson’s original tales. What is pertinent about Anderson’s work is his descriptions and gift for imagery. For example, in ‘The Little Mermaid’ Anderson opens his story by describing the colors and textures of the undersea kingdom that is both lyrical ...more
Michael
Having recently moved to Denmark I needed to get familiar with its number one writer! This was a wonderful collection of stories, some rather dark truth be told but that's what makes them so special. They are fantastical, gritty, funny, sad and everything real writing should be. Classic storytelling which will stand the test of time.
Adam K.
I've waited too long after reading this one to remember many specifics, so my rating and my review have more to do with an overall impression. I really enjoyed parts of this collection as well as valued the stories for their literary heritage. However, as I was reading this to my boys to put them to sleep at night, I began having a very hard time with the several stories Andersen wrote in which children died cruelly, either to teach them a lesson or because it was, simply, the way of things. It' ...more
Prashant
author : Hans Anderson. How have I never heard this name before. How is it even possible. This man has created the most poignant of my childhood stories and I have come to know about him so late in my life. Well, at least it was not unlike the other learning of my life : always late but you will get there, trust me!

The tales are familiar because they have been adopted in all possible media since decades. Thumbelina, The Princess and the Pea, The king's new Clothes, The Mermaid were beyond fun. I
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Mykee  Tan
Whenever I get exhausted from listening to lectures, writing papers, making reports or solving problems at the university, I always find that at the end of the day, all I need to calm down my traffic jam of a six-day school week is a pleasant story from Andersen's collection of stories.

There is something so compelling about Andersen's tales. They are the simplest, shortest stories I have ever had the pleasure of reading and yet, their morals leave me thinking far past the stories themselves and
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Van
Should an apocalypse ever befall, this is the first book I'm putting in my survival bag.

I don't think I can properly review this book, and I don't intend to. However, I cannot be silent about it when it had had such an impact on me. The Complete Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen encompass all beauty, darkness, and light there is in the world - in the human soul.

These are charming stories for everyone of every age. Some tales are happy, and some are very, very sad. Yet they are beautifully w
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Ashley Leader
I am currently working my way through this monstrously large collection of tales (there are 156 in over a thousand pages). They are a nice antidote to other books I am reading. There are well-known favorites like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling as well as many you will have never heard of, like The Magic Galoshes and Auntie Toothache. Hans Christian Andersen's writing style is unique and well-suited to reading aloud. The descriptions of landscape and setting are articulate, vivid and im ...more
Aurelie
Jun 12, 2011 Aurelie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I first read Andersen's Fairy Tales when I was 8, and since then I frequently re-read them, as I love them so much.
Hans Christian Andersen was categorical: his stories were not intended for children, they were aimed at grown-ups. When you read them, you obviously understand why. These stories are totally different from the Disney's adaptations that nearly everyone know (but I'm a huge fan of them too, don't get me wrong)!
The edition I own contains : The Little Mermaid, The Flying Trunk (my thoug
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Eve
I devoured this as a child. My mother bought a very old second hand copy. It was printed by WM. Collins, Sons & Co. LTD. Glasgow. Illustrated by Anne Anderson. No publishing date is visible.
It's a beautiful object - so old the pages are like thin floppy cardboard. The illustrations are exquisite and I delighted in hand-painting them with watercolour, thus ruining any resale value, I should think.
However, the stories are wonderful, and greatly influenced the development of my psyche.
Jason
These tales are certainly longer than the Grimms’. I was reading from one collection which organized the tales into genres, but I realized that it was far from complete so moved onto another collection. Though either they became less interesting or else I was burned out on fairytales by then so had fewer thoughts to spare about them.

Artist and Society
Nightingale: “In China the emperor is Chinese, and all the people around him are Chinese.” - Sure, okay.
Gardener and Gentry: Er, I don’t see the p
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James
This is a rather charming volume that takes a little effort to wade through if tales of the lives of trees, thimbles, candles, and obscure (to Westerners) European and Scandinavian history aren't your usual fare. Ask anyone on the street what their favourite Andersen story is, and they will likely reply, "Disney's 'Little Mermaid' was fun and had sweet music." Some may mention the Emperor's New Clothes, or The Ugly Duckling. After reading his complete works, my conclusion is that Andersen's famo ...more
Kathryn
Hans Christian Anderson (known as H. C. Anderson in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia) (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author of short fiction, travelogues, and novels, but he is best known as the author of fairy tales, the first edition of which he published in 1835, with additional material added in the next two years. As fairy tales are generally short, I found this book to be great bedtime reading, and I finished it last night before going to sleep.

This collection contains such well-known gems
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Christopher Roberts
Perhaps if I had chosen a more concise abridged collection featuring the best of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales I would not have reacted so negatively but I doubt it. I made it a third of the way through this collection and then I started skipping around to his more famous stories. Of all of them only The Emperor's New Clothes brought me any joy. All the rest of them were pure torture.

It isn't because I dislike fairy tales. I read Charles Perrault's fairy tales rather recently and foun
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S.J. Pettersson
HCA seems like such a close friend and fellow human traveller to me. Once in Denmark, in front of a beautiful bronze statue of him sitting calmly on a chair, I felt so close to his pain. And what could be a better way of dedicating your life than instead of wallowing in your personal pain, than to spread beauty and kindness through your art and immortal words. I don't think there has ever been a writer who managed to stay so true to his own personal difficulties and struggles and yet at the same ...more
Thom Swennes
The first building blocks of most peoples’ literary and reading world began with fairy tales. Even before the written word made sense in a child’s mind these tales were already embedded. At night before they slept a soothing voice would read of “Once upon a time” and even if the child drifted off to sleep before the last words were read they would feel at ease as the ending of “and they lived happily ever after” was sure to be spoken. The Complete Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales by Hans Ch ...more
Emma
This is bittersweet for me. Being from Denmark, I've grown up listening to H.C. Andersen's stories. He's like our number one cultural treasure. When it comes to certain stories, I been forced to read them so many times I've grown sick of them. Danish teachers would time and time again make us go through the same stories, and there were a few years, when even the mention of his name would make me want to scream. It was simply too much of a good thing.
But he's written so many stories, and as I got
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Amber
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Lyndsay
I recieved a very old copy of this book for my 8th birthday from my mother. It has a dark green cover that is textured. It is full of old color pictures some of which were very scary to me at the time, scary black widow spiders with human faces & such. I'm not sure of the edition or day it was made, the only page gone from the whole book,is that one! But it had been through many people before me. I guess what I liked about these fairy tales others may not, the tales are often sad in their en ...more
Valerie
Actually, I'm pretty sure I've never seen this particular edition. I would remember illustrations by Arthur Rackham, surely?

In fact, I'm not even sure I've seen an edition of Andersen's complete works. Most of the stories I've read piecemeal, from various sources.

But I'd LIKE to have a comprehensive edtion, preferably in a good translation. Many of these stories I read in my early teens, and have read over again since. A complete edition would fit well in my library. I'll have to keep an eye out
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Erika Free
I am not sure if this is the one i have, but mine was similar to this. It had many of the stories in it, around 35 i think. Most of the stories i really liked, they had a great moral. I like the way that he writes, its very witty and fun. Some of the stories where a little gory-er then i would like, but they still where great stories. Some of the stories would basically state the moral in the story, for example, "The ugly duckling". But the others You have to think about it for awhile, until you ...more
Catherine
Great book when you're not in the mood to read through a whole novel instead just a whole lot of enthralling little numbers to keep you well entertained. I can't believe how oblivious well ignorant I have been to the true endings of most of my favourite fairy tales, was totally unaware that the little mermaid dies SHOCK HORROR when I found that out, just goes to show you how disney'd up everything is hay. As a teacher-in-the-making, am seriously wandering whether to read my kids the real version ...more
Stuart
When it comes to fairy tales, there are three big names that come to mind - the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Andersen, and Andrew Lang. Depending on what you are looking for and the age range of your child, you could read any or all of these and have enough tales to last you for days. Today, I will be reviewing the Canterbury Classics version of Hans Christian Andersen's Complete Fairy Tales. The book is a pretty edition in that it is hardcover, leather, gold-edged pages, and comes with a ribb ...more
Katsumi
Hans Christian Andersen aretfully spins tales of love, adventure and comedy in this easy to read collection. His stories are a treat to read- no matter what age you may be- he's able to weave something in for everyone. His stories, which have been made into everything from disney movies to sculpture, have been able to endure the passing of generations. This is a book I would highly recomend to anyone who'd like to recapture a bit of that whimsical fatasy that made childhood so precious.
Portia S
I have this EXACT edition, *celebrates* My father bought this for me when I was a wee little child and I greedily devoured them all. The stories though, are very sad, yet you felt as though the story was resolved in the end, even though it wasn't that which can be called a happy ending. The illustrations here are absolutely beautiful and look like the illuminated works of those of the centuries past. This edition is something I consider an heirloom for my future little babies. :)
Jeske
Liked these fairytales so much better than the Grimm ones!
Dilyana Georgieva
Вълшебен. И него четох в първи курс в университета, губи ми се представата и съпоставката как го възприемат децата (като изключим най-известните приказки). Но отвъд онези истории, които всички знаем наизуст и не помним кой ги е писал, Андерсен има и много други. С много дълбока метафоричност, на моменти доближаващ се до уайлдовските приказки дори.
Michelle  (Crazy Cat Lady)
I recieved a copy of this book (my first copy) from my grandmother for my 12th birthday. I was familiar with fairytales through Disney and kiddie books, but nothing quite like this. This book inspired me, consoled me, and altogether changed the way I read books.
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Hans Christian Andersen (Danish: [ˈhanˀs ˈkʁæsdjan ˈɑnɐsn]; often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen; April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories—called eventyr, or "fairy-tales"—express theme ...more
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