"A gawky, dreamy boy, Hans Christian Andersen grew up to become a profoundly imaginative writer and storyteller who revolutionized literature for children. Andersen gave us the now standard versions of some traditional folktales, but many of his most famous tales sprang directly from his imagination - and continue to resonate with today's readers. The stories here are endlessly experimental, humorous and irreverent, sorrowful and strange. The range from exuberant early works, such as "The Tinderbox" and "The Emperor's New Clothes," through poignant masterpieces, such as "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling," to powerful and more subversive later tales written for adults, such as "The Ice Maiden" and "The Wood Nymph." Tiina Nunnally's new translation of thirty of his tales captures the vibrancy of Andersen's voice. Compiled by Andersen's biographer Jackie Wullschlager, who also contributes notes and an introduction, and illustrated with Andersen's own paper cuts, this volume will dazzle readers young and old."--BOOK JACKET.