The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen
Translated by Maria Tatar with Julie K. Allen, Edited with an introduction and notes by Maria Tatar
In her most ambitious annotated work to date, Maria Tatar celebrates the stories told by Denmark's "perfect wizard" and re-envisions Hans Christian Andersen as a writer who casts his spell on both children and adults. Andersen's most beloved tales, such as "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid", are now joined by "The Shadow" and "Story of a Mother", mature stories that reveal his literary range and depth. Tatar captures the tales' unrivalled dramatic and visual power, showing exactly how Andersen became one of the world's ten most translated authors, along with Shakespeare, Dickens and Marx. Lushly illustrated with more than a hundred and fifty rare images, many in full colour, by artists such as Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen will captivate readers with annotations that explore the rich social and cultural dimensions of the nineteenth century and construct a compelling portrait of a writer whose stories still fascinate us today.
Praise for The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales (ISBN 978 0 393 05163 6):
"The real fascination of this book... is the way Maria Tatar unpicks what's really going on in the stories... both the stories and this book are really too good to be wasted on children."
Michael Prodger, The Sunday Telegraph
"Tatar has created an accessible, stimulating guide for any adventurer into this beguiling cultural terrain."
Jane Doonan, The Times Literary Supplement
"A perfect present for a serious-minded child, or a curious adult."
A.S. Byatt, The Guardian
"Maria Tatar's handsome crocodile, splashing slightly stiffly between salt-water and sea-strand, is both fish and bird!"
Hugh Lupton, The Times
Praise for The Annotated Brothers Grimm (ISBN 978 0 393 05848 2):
"Tatar's translations... are bright, spirited renderings, and, read aloud, can inspire that sharp fairytale pleasure at impending danger, as when the witch's voice crackles: 'Nibble, nibble, where's the mouse? Who's that nibbling at my house?'"
Marina Warner, The Times
Rachel Cusk, New Statesman
Praise for The Classic Fairy Tales (ISBN 978 0 393 97277 1):
Geoff Fox, The Times Educational Supplement
"Maria Tatar's volume is a fine introduction to an area of culture which, increasingly, is attracting the attention of some of our most interesting writers."
Carolyne Larrington, The Times Literary Supplement
"...here is that excessively rare bird, a textbook that can also be read for pleasure."
The Times Higher Education Supplement
"Tatar and Allen's translations are clear and sharp and hint at the humour so prized by Andersen's Danish readers...The edition's chief attraction, however, lies in its authoritative notes"
"But the depth of the stories is brought out here with the addition of compelling annotations revealing the rich nuances of the words. It's too good to let the children have all to themselves."
November 2007 • £25.00 • ISBN 978 0 393 06081 2 • 416pp • 216 x 254mm • 146 illustrations including colour