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The Complete Fairy Tales

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This book contains the complete Andersen's fairy tales and stories in audiobook and hardcopy format.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales, a literary genre he so mastered that he himself has become as mythical as the tales he wrote. Andersen'
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Hardcover, 803 pages
Published January 1996 by Gramercy Books (first published 1913)
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Wendy I have seen copies at used book stores. But look closely before buying, I have seen abridged or edited versions more often than the complete works.

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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Complete Fairy Tales: The complete collection, Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen, (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author.
All the best-loved fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen: The Tinder-Box; Little Claus And Big Claus; The Princess And The Pea; Little Ida’s Flowers; Little Tiny Or Thumbelina; The Saucy Boy; The Travelling Companion; The Little Mermaid; The Emperor’s New Suit; The Goloshes Of Fortune;
The Daisy;
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James
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4 out of 5 stars to The Complete Fairy Tales, written in 1835 by Hans Christian Andersen. Many people are familiar with the fairy tales written by the Grimm brothers, but sometimes don't realize there were several different versions or collections by different authors. Another popular one is the series written by Hans Christian Anderson. The two I was the most familiar with were "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Emperor's New Clothes." In both, you see some of the "horror" that
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Always Pouting
Not a fan of Hans Christian Anderson at all. Most of his stories were short and pointless and the ones with morals made me feel like I was being preached to. I just can't get with the religious tone of his stories or the weird way women are treated like the little mermaid sacrificing herself off the boat, or the prince who tries to court the emperor's daughter but she rejects him so he pretends to be a swine herder and tricks her into getting disowned with him for kissing him and then basically ...more
Michael Finocchiaro
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, classics, kids
If you want to read the real stories that inspired the lion's share of Disney films, definitely read Mr. Andersen's collection of fairy tales. Do not expect happy endings however - leave those to Walt&Co. Instead imagine families trying to scare their kids into behaving in order to survive the many dangers in this world - represented fantastically by witches and wolves and other beasties and meanies. A wonderful collection! ...more
Bionic Jean
Hans Christian Andersen once said, "Life itself is the most wonderful fairy tale." And his life certainly was an extraordinary rags to riches story.

In all Hans Christian Andersen wrote 156 fairy tales, of which forty are in this luxury, large format edition, to represent the cream of the crop. It is a beautiful, sumptuous book, the semi-matt purple cover slightly textured and embossed, giving almost a "padded" feel. It has a feature reminiscent of medallions in old books; in this case an inset
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Jaela
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Although some of the tales are really disturbing, the fantasy and imagination behind them is indisputable. I grew up reading this book and I'm sure it'll be valuable for all future generations.
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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Loretta
My parents didn’t read “bedtime stories” to me when I went to bed as a child. When it was time to go to bed, it was time to “go to bed”, period! So with that in mind, many of these tales, in this short book (192 pages), were new to me. As an adult I only read three tales out of the twelve, The Emperor's New Clothes, The Little Mermaid and The Princess and the Pea, the other tales in the book were all new to me. The others were somewhat entertaining and probably, my younger self would have enjoye ...more
Mir
May 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: picture
You should call things by their true names, and even if you don't do so usually, you ought to in a fairy tale.
--HCA, "The Rose-Tree Regiment"

I enjoyed most the first section, from The Sandman, a series of pleasant dreams for good children. I'll have to read it in full some time.

As for the rest, they were mostly better-known Andersen tales, all of which I had read before, some even previously illustrated by Zwerger as stand-alone picture books. So, nice illustrations, big text blocks, familiar
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Mike (the Paladin)
There are some good stories here, and some that scarred my childhood. Between dead match girls and trashed fir trees not to mention frightening Snow Queens the Thumblinias were sometimes needed. Still they last. Excuse me I didn't get much sleep last night, there was something poking my back under my 20 mattresses.
Brendan Monroe
This is an absolutely fantastic collection of Hans Christian Andersen's best work. The translation, by Tiina Nunnally, is sublime and her notes on past translations of Andersen's stories makes it clear just how sublime it is. If you wanted to read a version closer to H.C. Andersen's original, you'd have to read these in Danish.

Jackie Wullschlager's introduction is easily one of the best I've read and an essential lens through which to better understand these tales. Short of reading Wullschlager'
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Bettie
Sep 15, 2009 rated it really liked it
Taking the FutureLearn course from Odense. You can find the complete tales online here

HC Andersen Museum Collection

1 Corinthians Chapter 13

Catechism in Christianity
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Christine
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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Hossein Sharifi
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
FANTASTIC !!!!
I dreamt of Wind and Rain... I ran with Fairies... Cats whispered to me from dawn to dusk ... I could feel the breeze touching trees' hair.
I was living in the fairy tales till the end of the book !
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I would like to recommend this to all who want to escape from the harshness of this so called "real world" ! ... It will open a door of dreams to you !
M Blankier
Andersen is probably best known today for “The Little Mermaid,” usually in the sense that children who have seen the Disney film often hear, from their friends, something to the effect of, “Did you know that she actually dies in the end.” Andersen stories, more than any other traditional fairy tales, are filled with pathos and sadness, and end badly for their protagonists.

But to dismiss Andersen’s tales as “dark” fairy tales or, as seems to often be the case, a way to totally scar children forev
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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Saw this on the shelf at my library yesterday when I was browsing the audiobook selection, and used my Goodreads barcode app to scan it in from when I listened to it several months ago. I mostly enjoyed this, although I didn't love all the stories and I kept falling asleep on others as I listened (a hazard associated with listening to audiobooks at bedtime). Listening to 'The Little Mermaid' brought back that sense of sadness and poignancy of reading this much-loved story as a child. There are o ...more
Teresa
Feb 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Finished reading February 25, 2019)

Thanks to the power you hold via Goodreads, though you may forget something you’ve logged in, you can then be reminded of it: a joyful thing. Right now I'm referring to my childhood copy of https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5... (which doesn't contain all of Andersen's tales though it's combined on Goodreads as if it does).

Of those in this current volume I decided to read only the stories I hadn’t read in this edition, https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1..
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Aubrey
Dec 31, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I recently chose this book for my book cub. I love HCA fairy tales. They are so compelling and read as though you are sitting at the man's feet and he is telling them straight to you and guestering with his overly large hands. What was so great about reading them this time is this particular edition that is translated by Tiina Nunnally. It is incredible with it's bio of him in the front- a MUST read and the notes about each story in the back to conect it to a time and place in the authors life. ...more
Van
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Sidharth Vardhan
“Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.”

Anderson really could make children's stories out of anything. The best stories sometimes had a sad ending to them. Anderson also probably had a lot of imagination even though some of the stories contained in here might not be best for little kids - far from happily ever afters their Disney-ised versions. Although it was always going to be a five-star book because of some amazing stories, the autho
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Cheryl
Oct 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought I was a fan of Andersen, but I guess not a good one, as there were several tales here that I did not know. And I never before realized that The Princess and the Pea is actually only one page long. And that The Tinderbox is awful, that soldier is not a good guy. The Swineherd is a terrific story in any edition, and here it has some of the best pix in the book.

All the pictures are excellent, actually. They have a certain kind of eerie charm, a beauty that is made of both joy and creepine
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Mykee  Tan
Jul 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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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Michael
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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.
Noelle
Nov 14, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Becky
What does one say about Andersen’s Fairy Tales, other than that they are a must read? All fantasy lovers should of course read it, because all fantasy has this sort of primal connection to early humanities’ fear of the dark forests. Everyone else should read it just to see how these tales have evolved into the modern stories that we all know now. I hear people constantly complaining the Disney teachers girls all the wrong lessons (and I have some very biting arguments about that, but another tim ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This review is for the 1945 collection of Andersen's Fairy tales, illustrated by Szyk. The illustrations are lovely to look at, but some of the stories could be pretty danged dark (as anyone who has studied fairytale history will know)

Another reviewer mentioned The Little Mermaid, which IS an Andersen tale... but it's not part of this particular collection. There are a few other tales which might be familiar (Snow Queen, Ugly Duckling, Princess and the Pea) but there is no Little Mermaid in here
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S.J. Pettersson
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Adam Nelson
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Aurelie
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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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Prashant
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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