Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Complete Fairy Tales” as Want to Read:
The Complete Fairy Tales
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Complete Fairy Tales

by
4.28  ·  Rating details ·  116,307 ratings  ·  1,296 reviews
Lily 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.
Hardcover, 803 pages
Published January 1996 by Gramercy Books (first published May 8th 1835)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Complete Fairy Tales, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
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.

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
4.28  · 
Rating details
 ·  116,307 ratings  ·  1,296 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
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;
...more
James
Book Review
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 you see
...more
Pouting Always
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: kids, classics, fiction
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!
♔ Jaela ♊ Killer ⚔ QUEEN
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
...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
...more
Miriam
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
...more
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
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
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'
...more
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.
Yousra
ياللهول!!!

هذا كتاب لا أستطيع تقييمه وبالكاد يمكن مراجعته ... فأنا إن قيمته من ناحية اختيار الحكايات المترجمة أستطيع تفهم وجهة نظر المترجم وإن كنت لم أحب الكثير منها ... وإن أردت التقييم من ناحية الترجمة التي قال المترجم بنفسه عنها أنها كانت من الإنجليزية لا الدنماركية وكانت بشكل ترجمة وصياغة الأفكار لا ترجمه حرفيه فقد كانت الترجمة مناسبة ومفهومة وقريبة من بيئتنا بالفعل

أما عن إخراج الكتاب فلم أستطع إلا أن أقارن هذا الكتاب بذاك الذي يضم بعض حكايات الأخوين جريم والصادر عن المشروع القومي للترجمة فا
...more
Kimberley doruyter
this is a beautiful barnes & noble edition has some of my favorite fairy tales in it.
also some i've never read before.
with wonderful illustrations some in colour and full page.
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 !
.......................................................
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
...more
Erasmia Kritikou
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Πέντε αστέρια για τις υπέροχες ιστορίες του Πατέρα όλων των παραμυθιών -με αυτο το ιδιότυπα λυπηρό, συνηθως τέλος που αγαπά να δίνει στους ήρωές του- μείον ένα αστέρι για τις λιγότερο ευφανταστες και αρκετα τσεκουρεμενες περιληψεις των εκδ. susaeta, καθως και την ελλειψη εντεχνου λόγου. Τεσσερα αστερια στο συνολο και για την συλλογή και διαλογή στη συγκεκριμενη εκδοση: γνωστα παραμυθια οπως η Τοσοδουλα, το Ασχημοπαπο, Άριελ η μικρή γοργόνα, το Κοριτσακι με τα Σπίρτα, αλλά και λιγοτερο γνωστα, εω ...more
Radwa Abdelbasset
كحكايات الجنيّات الجميلات كانت تلك الرحلة 💙
 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
Kübra  Yağmur Aslanhan
Andersen, namı diğer masalların babası...

Bir zamanlar masalları uykuya dalmadan önce yüzlerde tebessüm bırakan güzel dinletiler zannederdim. Büyüdükçe hayat kadar korkunç ve gerçek olduklarını anlamaya başladım.
Pinkerton
Il ritmo di lettura serrato in quest’occasione non ha certo giovato ad un lavoro del genere, ma non è nemmeno andato ad incidere particolarmente su quella che comunque sarebbe stata la mia valutazione finale. Sono ben 156 i titoli all’interno del volume, eppure non mi sento così “arricchito” dopo l’esperienza. Ammetto che il mio approccio non è stato il medesimo con tutte quante le storie, le più blasonate diciamo, avevano da parte mia un occhio di riguardo in più… ma anche un’aspettativa maggio ...more
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
Simona Bartolotta
Belle, belle, bellissime. Intense, delicate, soavi, alcune allegre altre tristi, ma tutte in grado portarti nel mondo dei sogni e dell'innocenza dell'infanzia.

“Ah, che ragazzaccio è mai questo Amor! Lo voglio dire a tutti i bambini buoni, perchè se ne guardino, e non giochino mai con lui: già, egli non farebbe loro che male...” [...] Tutti i buoni fanciulli, ragazzine e ragazzini, ai quali raccontò il fatto, si tengono ora in guardia contro il cattivello; ma egli è così scaltro ed accorto, che r
...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
...more
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
...more
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
...more
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.
Ghazal
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
فکر کنم عشقم به کتاب خوندن رو مدیون این مجموعه داستانم، مرسی هانس کریستین آندرسن❤
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
lames
Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
كالقفزات على "الترومبولين" صعوداً و هبوطاً بل و ربما سقوطا حراً أيضا تقفز مع كل حكاية و تتوقع الحدث كما يجب أن يكون و لكن هنا ليس " كل متوقع آتٍ" !
يميناً و يساراً، شرقاً و غرباً ،إتجاهات كثيرة غير محددة و ليست باليسيرة لتحديدها و تحديد توجهاتها، الكاتب ماكر و ليس ليناً بل جاء قاسياً في دروسه الموجهة للقاريء سواء كان يري الحياة في أكثر ألوانها كآبة أو أجملها !!
كل حكاية تحمل حكمة و ليست كما تظهر و إنما في الباطن يكمن المعنى و يمكن مع قراءة أخرى الوصول لقلب الفكرة في كل حكاية!
و لكن ليس كتاب مسلي ب
...more
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
  • Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #2)
  • Perrault's Fairy Tales
  • Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7)
  • The Green Fairy Book
  • Russian Fairy Tales
  • The Complete Grimm's Fairy Tales
  • East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon
  • The Arabian Nights
  • English Fairy Tales
  • The Awakening and Selected Short Fiction
  • A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet, #1)
  • Ethan Frome and Selected Stories
  • Fairy Tales
  • The Complete Tales and Poems of Winnie-the-Pooh (Winnie-the-Pooh, #1-4)
  • Приключения Чиполлино
  • Lord of the Flies
  • The Complete Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen (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 themes that transcend age and nationalit ...more
“Just living is not enough," said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.” 980 likes
“‎"Does all the beauty of the world stop when you die?"

"No," said the Old Oak; "it will last much longer - longer than I can even think of."

"Well, then," said the little May-fly, "we have the same time to live; only we reckon differently.”
58 likes
More quotes…