The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen by Beth Wagner Brust cover, black cover with white paper cuttings

Cover of The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

By Beth Wagner Brust, Ticknor and Fields, 1994

The Amazing Paper Cuttings of Hans Christian Andersen

Written by Beth Wagner Brust

New York, Ticknor & Fields, 1994

8.25" x 9"

Kerlan Collection, Children's Literature Research Collections

University of Minnesota Libraries

As Andersen's fairy tales grew ever more popular, their author became one of the modern world's first international celebrities, and a much sought-after houseguest of the rich and titled of Europe. In return for the lavish hospitality accorded him, Andersen was usually willing to perform a program of stories for his hosts and their friends. If children were present, he might embellish the recitation by taking scissors in hand and improvising cut-paper illustrations like those reproduced and enlarged here. The many such paper cuts that survive reveal another, lesser-known side of Andersen: the visual artist of astonishing inventiveness, wit, and technical virtuosity.


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