HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics.‘It doesn’t matter if you’re born in a duck yard, so long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg!’ (from ‘The Ugly Duckling’)This collection brings together some of Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular fairy tales – including ‘The Little Mermaid’, ‘The Ugly Duckling’ and ‘Thumbelina’ – in a celebration of one of the world’s most widely recognised children’s authors. With universal themes and dark humour at their heart, these moralistic tales have delighted readers since first publication in the nineteenth century and continued to be well loved today.The fairy tales of Hans Christian Andersen, a storyteller of great importance to Western literature, have inspired many films, ballets and plays, and entertained generations of children and adults alike.
19th century Danish author Hans Christian Andersen was one of the most prolific writers of fairy tales to ever have lived. His unique literary gift for storytelling was not immediately recognized as his first fairy tale collections sold poorly. The humor of Andersen’s writing was often lost in translation and his darker sensibility was not fully appreciated at first. However by the mid 1830s he would begin to gain the popularity that he so justly deserved. His works, which were often retellings of folk tales he had heard as a child, are noted for their lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity, and for the dark humor that made them appealing to mature readers. This collection draws together thirty-five of his most popular tales, including “The Little Mermaid,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Nightingale,” “Thumbelina,” “The Princess and the Pea” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.” Andersen’s stories have inspired numerous adaptations and are likely to remain as some of the most popular legends for generations to come. This edition includes an introduction by Edmund Gosse.
This book is a compilation of several other works, pulled together under the umbrella title of The Childen's Christmas Story MEGAPACK®. It includes the complete text of «The Children’s Book of Christmas Stories,» selected and edited by Asa Don Dickinson and Ada M. Skinner (originally published in 1913) to which we have added «The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus,» by L Frank Baum (originally published in 1902), and the poems «'Twas The Night Before Christmas,» by Clement C. Moore (originally published in 1823 under the title «A Visit from St. Nicholas.» Plus – as much for parents as children – an amusing sequel, «The Night After Christmas,» which was published anonymously. Included are:<P> INTRODUCTION, by John Gregory Betancourt<BR> CHRISTMAS AT FEZZIWIG'S WAREHOUSE, by Charles Dickens<BR> THE FIR-TREE, by Hans Christian Andersen<BR> THE CHRISTMAS MASQUERADE, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman<BR> THE SHEPHERDS AND THE ANGELS, Adapted from the Bible<BR> THE TELLTALE TILE, by Olive Thorne Miller<BR> LITTLE GIRL'S CHRISTMAS, by Winnifred E. Lincoln<BR> A CHRISTMAS MATINEE, by Mrs. M.A.L. Lane<BR> TOINETTE AND THE ELVES, by Susan Coolidge<BR> THE VOYAGE OF THE WEE RED CAP, by Ruth Sawyer Durand<BR> A STORY OF THE CHRIST-CHILD, by Elizabeth Harkison<BR> JIMMY SCARECROW'S CHRISTMAS, by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman<BR> WHY THE CHIMES RANG, by Raymond McAlden<BR> THE BIRDS' CHRISTMAS, by F. E. Mann<BR> THE LITTLE SISTER'S VACATION, by Winifred M. Kirkland<BR> LITTLE WOLFF'S WOODEN SHOES, by Francois Coppee<BR> CHRISTMAS IN THE ALLEY, by Olive Thorne Miller<BR> A CHRISTMAS STAR, by Katherine Pyle<BR> THE QUEEREST CHRISTMAS, by Grace Margaret Gallaher<BR> OLD FATHER CHRISTMAS, by J.H. Ewing<BR> A CHRISTMAS CAROL, by Charles Dickens<BR> HOW CHRISTMAS CAME TO THE SANTA MARIA FLATS, by Elia W. Peattie<BR> THE LEGEND OF BABOUSCKA, by Anonymous<BR> CHRISTMAS IN THE BARN, by F. Arnstein<BR> THE PHILANTHROPIST'S CHRISTMAS, by James Weber Linn<BR> THE FIRST CHRISTMAS-TREE, by Lucy Wheelock<BR> THE FIRST NEW ENGLAND CHRISTMAS, by G. L. Stone and M. G. Fickett<BR> THE CRATCHITS' CHRISTMAS DINNER, by Charles Dickens<BR> CHRISTMAS IN SEVENTEEN SEVENTY-SIX, by Anne Hollingsworth Wharton<BR> CHRISTMAS UNDER THE SNOW, by Olive Thorne Miller<BR> MR. BLUFF'S EXPERIENCES OF HOLIDAYS, by Oliver Bell Bunce<BR> MASTER SANDY'S SNAPDRAGON, by Eldridge S. Brooks<BR> A CHRISTMAS FAIRY, by John Strange Winter<BR> THE GREATEST OF THESE, by Joseph Mills Hanson<BR> LITTLE GRETCHEN AND THE WOODEN SHOE, by Elizabeth Harrison<BR> CHRISTMAS ON BIG RATTLE, by Theodore Goodridge Roberts<BR> THE LIFE AND ADVENTURES OF SANTA CLAUS, by L Frank Baum<BR> 'TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, by Clement C. Moore<BR> THE NIGHT AFTER CHRISTMAS, by Anonymous<P> If you enjoy this ebook, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for «Wildside Press Megapack» to see more of the 300+ volumes in this series, covering adventure, historical fiction, mysteries, westerns, ghost stories, science fiction – and much, much more!