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Hans Christian Andersen:European Witness by [Binding, Paul]
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'Binding has a deep insight'--Suzi Feay, "The Guardian"--Suzi Feay"The Guardian" (05/31/2014)

Both a novelist and probably our most distinguished writer on Scandinavian literature and culture, Binding has produced his best work to date in this study, and I recommend it to all who are interested in the creative process, the Nordic imagination and Anderson himself. Amanda Craig, "Literary Review"--Amanda Craig"Literary Review" (04/04/2014)"

Binding, as a scholar of English and Scandinavian literature, is uniquely placed to set Anderson s work in its wider context. Juliet Townsend, "The Spectator"--Juliet Townsend"The Spectator" (05/24/2014)"

'Binding has a deep insight' Suzi Feay, "The Guardian"--Suzi Feay"The Guardian" (05/31/2014)"

His study offers detailed commentaries on his subject s novels, travel writings and autobiographies alongside the more familiar stories, in a sustained attempt to reclaim Anderson s work for grown-ups. Dinah Birch, "TLS"--Dinah Birch"TLS" (07/25/2014)"

'Both a novelist and probably our most distinguished writer on Scandinavian literature and culture, Binding has produced his best work to date in this study, and I recommend it to all who are interested in the creative process, the Nordic imagination and Anderson himself.'--Amanda Craig, Literary Review--Amanda Craig"Literary Review" (04/04/2014)

'Binding, as a scholar of English and Scandinavian literature, is uniquely placed to set Anderson's work in its wider context.'--Juliet Townsend, The Spectator--Juliet Townsend"The Spectator" (05/24/2014)

'Binding has a deep insight'--Suzi Feay, The Guardian--Suzi Feay"The Guardian" (05/31/2014)

'His study offers detailed commentaries on his subject's novels, travel writings and autobiographies alongside the more familiar stories, in a sustained attempt to reclaim Anderson's work for grown-ups.'--Dinah Birch, TLS--Dinah Birch"TLS" (07/25/2014)

About the Author

Paul Binding is a leading British literary critic and novelist and a renowned expert in Scandinavian literature. Among his books are studies of Ibsen, Lorca, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Eudora Welty. He lives in Shropshire, UK.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1996 KB
  • Print Length: 493 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press (24 Jun. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JDA9C70
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,288,265 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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If you want a general introduction to Andersen's life this is not it. If you stick with it though you will have a great understanding of the life and society which were the context for his work. Like most general readers I was only familiar with Andersen's Fairy Stories. From this comprehensive study though I now know his body of work was so much more.

My one criticism is the editorial/authors decision to put all direct quotes from Andersen in the original Danish followed by the English translation. This gets very tedious after a while and in my view would have been better placed in a seperate apendix.
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I bought this thinking it to be a biography. It isn't.

It's a story told through literary criticism. I'm sure it's wonderful, but it's neither what I expected nor what I wanted.

There isn't a single picture in the book beyond a frontispiece (there is one on the dust jacket).

Every person seems to have their dates of birth and death in brackets.

Every quotation comes in the original, then in an English translation. This is tedious; it makes for an unreadable book. There is some quite mangled punctuation between quotations. In one the original Danish 'evige' appears as 'evige' in the English translation (evige means eternal or everlasting).

This is an expanded literary criticism of HCA's work. I haven't discovered from this what the impetus for HCA's work was. Far better to have described his childhood, adolescence etc and related this to how he thought. Mere literary criticism gives a very incomplete picture of the man.

I was very disappointed, I felt that I had been missold something. I expect that for deep literary people it is a delight; for the rest of us it is tendentious, tedious, and unreadable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry. I puit in my review in the wrong ... 8 Nov. 2014
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Sorry. I puit in my review in the wrong place - in my review of Andersen's travel book.

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5.0 out of 5 stars He was very poor until the American people found out the king of ... 10 Jun. 2015
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He was a friend of my father in Denmark, Valdemar Andersen, no relation. But my father knew him and told me much about him. He was very poor until the American people found out the king of Denmark was keeping his money (according to my dad). They objected and he becamerichand traveled. Elaine
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