Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller
Others before him collected and retold folk stories and fairy tales, but Hans Christian Andersen was the first to create them himself. The universal familiarity of such stories as “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes” shows how successful he was. By the time he reached middle age in the 1840s, in fact, he was probably the most famous wri...more
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published April 24th 2001 by Knopf
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Hans Christian Anderson was so depressed, it's hard to get through the book. Although very well written, Anderson's constant need for encouragement and fame is annoying, to say the least. He dined with Kings but could never get over his lifelong need to be coddled every moment of the day. The author is terrific, and I would read anything she writes.
Extremely well written. Paints Andersen in a completely different light and gives his tale a much better context than just poor translations of "children's stories". Very depressed and attention needly, overly self-congratulatory but still a remarkable artist who lived as one of his own tragic heroes during an inspiring era of Danish history.
Oct 21, 2008 Chris rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
A good biography of Andersen and contains several good critical comments on his fairy tales. Wullschlager writes in a veru engaging way and the book never bores.