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Hans Christian Andersen: The Misunderstood Storyteller

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The 2005 bicentenary of Hans Christian Andersen's birth is an opportunity to reevaluate the achievement of one of the great figures of the fairy tale and storytelling tradition, a beloved writer famous for The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Red Shoes, and many other now classic tales. Jack Zipes broadens our understanding of Anderson by exploring th ...more
Hardcover, 171 pages
Published September 19th 2005 by Routledge (first published 2005)
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Do you know this song:

Two and Two is Four
Four and Four is Eight
Eight and Eight is Sixteen
Sixteen and Sixteen is Thiry-Two
Inch worm, Inch worm, measuring the marigolds


If you do then you've mostly likely seen Hans Christen Andersen starring Danny Kaye. Kaye and Andersen only had two things in common (a) the nose and (b) bisexuality.

Andersen wanted to be a dancer, but Kaye could dance.

Jack Zipes doesn't much like Kaye's film, outside of the music. (In truth, does anyone remember anything about it
...more
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Feb 04, 2013 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-researched and thought-provoking biography of someone we all think we know from his stories...
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Jack David Zipes is a retired Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. He has published and lectured extensively on the subject of fairy tales, their linguistic roots, and argued that they have a "socialization function". According to Zipes, fairy tales "serve a meaningful social function, not just for compensation but for revelation: the worlds projected by the best of our fairy tales ...more
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