I’m glad you can join me. This has been an amazing journey so far, although things have not worked out the way I first imagined. But isn’t that the way life is? On the other hand, some surprising things have occurred, which tells me that I am doing something worthwhile.
The Virtual Literary World Tour will get better as I take control of the technology aspect where I combine literature with technology, geography and history. I have been so consumed with reading the books, that I haven’t invested the time to learn the technology. Within a couple of weeks, I will be up to speed. The Tour was originally centered on books, but I have expanded it so that it’s a cultural experience.
I asked a few people the following questions, and I have received some responses:
- What are five books that you would recommend as must-reads? (Five books that profoundly moved you). It would be fabulous if you included books by authors from the countries you have lived in.
- If you wanted to convince others to visit your country, what would your argument be? What places would they have to visit?
- What’s your favourite dish, and what is the recipe?
- Who is your favourite musician from your country?
Here is what you can expect by the end of the Virtual Literary World Tour: statistics on the percentage of male and female authors; the oldest and newest book read; the most books by one author; books that were once banned; number of books that were originally written for children; how the books came into being; which books were first rejected; and whatever else comes to mind.
Tomorrow I will start talking about Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children’s Classics) (Wordsworth Classics), move on to The Complete Grimm’s Fairy Tales, take a detour to Superwomen and I will make the connection for you. I will then briefly speak about Best-Loved Folktales of the World, move on to Aesop’s Fables (Oxford World’s Classics), and then on to Robin Hood (Wordsworth Children’s Classics) (Wordsworth Classics). The countries we are visiting this week by way of the books are Denmark, Germany, the US, Greece and the UK. We will revisit these countries through other books on the Virtual Literary World Tour. In about a couple of weeks, all the information that is below will be a part of the Google Lit Trip. I need time to master that part of the tour.
Andersen’s Fairy Tales (Wordsworth Children’s Classics) (Wordsworth Classics), Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen
Born: April 2, 1805, Odense, Denmark
Died: August 4, 1875, Copenhagen (Capital of Denmark)
Between 1835 and 1872 he created over 150 fairy tales and stories, later translated into about 125 languages. The edition of Andersen’s Fairy Tales that I read was published by Wordsworth Classics, which contains only 41 fairy tales. A website, which is dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen, has many of the fairy tales written by the author.
To understand what was going on in the world the nearly three decades while Andersen wrote his Fairy Tales we can look at Infoplease.
During that time:
- Lower and Upper Canada is united in 1840.
- American Civil War started in 1861.
- U.S. buys Alaska from Russia for $7,200,000 in 1867.
- France surrenders Alsace-Lorraine to Germany in 1871.
- Jules Verne publishes Around the World in 80 Days in 1872 (Review of Around the World in 80 Days).
Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm
Jacob Ludwig Carl Grimm
Born: January 4, 1785, Hanau, Hesse-Kassel, Germany
Died: September 20, 1863, Berlin, Prussia
Wilhelm Carl Grimm
Born: February 24, 1786, Hanau, Hesse-Kassel
Died: December 16, 1859, Berlin, Prussia
Grimm’s Fairy Tales is a collection of German fairy tales first published in 1812 by the Grimm brothers, Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm. There are 170 fairy tales in total, however, in 1825, the Brothers Grimm published a children’s edition that consisted of 50 fairy tales. The edition I read for the Virtual World Literary Tour has 53 fairy tales.
During that time:
- We have the War of 1812.
- In 1825 there was the first passenger-carrying railroad in England.
It is believed that Aesop was a slave and storyteller from ancient Greece who lived between 620 and 560 BCE. In the edition of the Aesop’s Fable that I read, it is a new translation by Laura Gibbs, published by Oxford World’s Classics. There are 600 fables in this edition. And the tales were recorded centuries after Aesop’s death. According to information I found on Wordsworth’s website , “Aesop’s Fables were first printed in English by William Caxton in 1484. They were believed not to have been written specifically as children’s literature, but were used originally to make thinly disguised social and political criticisms.”
Henry Gilbert published Robin Hood and the Men of the Greenwood in 1912, which has been republished as Robin Hood.
During that time:
- The British ship RMS Titanic sank at 2:20 AM on April 15th 1912 – over 1,500 drown.
- Girl Scouts of America founded by Juliette Gordon Low.
- German meteorologist and geophysicist Alfred Wegener (mini biography of Alfred Wegener) proposes the idea of continental drift.
For more information, go to Infoplease.
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