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Duglis1
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(10/24/07 5:31 am)

Reviews of ANNOTATED HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN?
Hi.
Have any of you picked up this new book yet? If so, what do you think of it? Any brief reviews?


Sincerely,
Douglas

Heidi Anne Heiner
ezOP
(10/31/07 8:13 am)


Re: Reviews of ANNOTATED HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN?
Douglas,

I've found it to be on an equal caliber with the first two. It's not perfect, but there is also more original material than in the Grimms since there's not as much repetition with this one as there was in the first two books--the same tales annotated twice, for example.

It's a great book for getting your feet wet and learning about Andersen and some of his work.

Admittedly, I most enjoyed Tatar's admission of reluctance to work with Andersen's tales since she isn't a fan. I went through a similar problem several years ago before I gave in and offered some of his most popular tales on SurLaLune. Before Andersen's centennial, only Princess and the Pea and Little Mermaid were offered due to high demand.Andersen's world view and oeuvre doesn't mirror my own in most ways. But as I've worked on his tales, my respect has grown, not love mind you, but I respect his work and influence in the genre.

Heidi

Duglis1
Registered User
(10/31/07 4:25 pm)

Re: Reviews of ANNOTATED HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN?
Thanks for the candid appraisal. I happen to agree with you. I'm not sure if I'll be picking it up. We'll see.

be well and thank you!
-Doug

darien12
Registered User
(11/1/07 7:54 pm)

annotated hans christian andersen
Here's one from Publisher's Weekly
Andersen, creator of The Princess and the Pea and The Ugly Duckling, receives treasury treatment in this latest entry in Norton's series of annotated classics, replete with margin notes attentive to historical contexts, critical interpretations and folkloric influences. Tatar, Harvard's dean for humanities (The Annotated Brothers Grimm), relates that when she taught Andersen's tales, undergraduates often reported their magical childhood experiences with the fairy tales and protested her analyses of Andersen's frequently brutal scenarios. Tatar avers that her research did help her re-evaluate the affective qualities of Andersen's work. While it remains important to acknowledge the sadism of renowned tales like The Snow Queen and The Little Match Girl, and to investigate Andersen's bitter efforts to join fashionable Danish society (noted in a biographical appendix), this collection of 12 Tales for Children and a dozen more Tales for Adults focuses on the stories' fairy tale references and aesthetic appeal. Gorgeous turn-of-the-century illustrations by Kay Nielsen, William Heath Robinson and others and a section with comments from Dickens, van Gogh and Ursula Le Guin, among others testify to Andersen's wide influence. Translating with Julie K. Allen, Tatar conveys the indisputable magnetism and uncanny, threatening beauty of Andersen's visions. 146 color and b&w illus. (Nov.)
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moira27
Registered User
(11/3/07 1:54 pm)


Annotated Hans Christian Andersen
Have a copy and started it last night. Lots of illustrations, rich text, and much to ponder about Andersen, his life, his eccentricies, his style, his travel. Tales combine familiar with new, and I enjoyed The Shadow, which I had never read before. Red Shoes illustrations are particularly good and loved responses to Andersen from others near the end. Tatar is not reverent but critical yet love for the stories comes through.

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