By Hans Christian Andersen

A Penguin Classics Deluxe version of Andersen's recognized stories from award-winning  translator Tiina Nunnally

Hans Christian Andersen used to be the profoundly ingenious author and storyteller who revolutionized literature for kids. He gave us the now regular types of a few conventional fairy tales—with an anarchic twist—but lots of his most renowned stories sprang at once from his mind's eye. The thirty tales right here variety from exuberant early works resembling "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New outfits" via poignant masterpieces akin to "The Little Mermaid" and "The grotesque Duckling," to extra subversive later stories equivalent to "The Ice maiden" and "The wooden Nymph."

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