Andersen’s bittersweet fairy tales propelled their troubled author to international fame and revolutionized children’s writing.
‘There sat the dog with eyes as big as mill wheels’
Though criticised for their anarchic immorality when first published, Hans Christian Andersen’s tales made him an international star, taken to the hearts of children and adults for their beauty, sorrow and strangeness.
Included here are ‘The Steadfast Tin Soldier’ and ‘Big Klaus and Little Klaus’.
Introducing Little Black Classics: 80 books for Penguin’s 80th birthday. Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries. They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th century California and the Russian steppe. Here are stories lyrical and savage; poems epic and intimate; essays satirical and inspirational; and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions.
About the author
Hans Christian Andersen (April 2, 1805 – August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Among his best-known stories are The Snow Queen, The Little Mermaid, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Ugly Duckling and The Red Shoes. During Andersen’s lifetime he was feted by royalty and acclaimed for having brought joy to children across Europe. His fairy tales have been translated into over 150 languages and continue to be published in millions of copies all over the world and inspired many other works.
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