Classic tales, revisited
Some of the world's most beloved legends get a facelift with The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen, an authoritative new edition of the Danish author's work. Selected and translated by Diana Crone Frank, an author and linguist, and Jeffrey Frank, a senior editor at The New Yorker, this enchanting volume provides an overview of Andersen's timeless tales, from the 1830s to the 1870s. Featuring fresh versions of 22 classics, including "The Little Mermaid," "The Princess and the Pea" and "Thumbelisa," the new collection also contains lesser-known narratives like "From the Outermost Sea."Part of this handsome anthology's undeniable appeal lies in the illustrations of artists Vilhelm Pedersen and Lorenz Frolich. Their remarkably detailed, expressive drawings appeared in the original Danish edition of Andersen's tales, and they're included here, richly reflecting the wonder of his text. With extensive notes and a thoughtful introductory essay, the book also provides abundant background information on the author. From the most sophisticated scholar to the littlest bibliophile, The Stories of Hans Christian Andersen is the perfect gift for readers of all ages.