Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), famous Danish author and poet, is beloved by children and adults the world around for his famous children's stories such as "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," "The Snow Queen," "The Little Mermaid," "Thumbelina," "The Little Match Girl," The Ugly Duckling," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Princess and the Pea," among many others. Maria Tatar chairs the Program in Folklore and Mythology at Harvard University. She is the author of Enchanted Hunters: The Power of Stories in Childhood, Off with Their Heads! Fairy Tales and the Culture of Childhood and many other books on folklore and fairy stories. She is also the editor and translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, The Annotated Brothers Grimm, The Annotated Classic Fairy Tales, The Annotated Peter Pan, The Classic Fairy Tales: A Norton Critical Edition and The Grimm Reader. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julie K. Allen is assistant professor in the Department of Scandanavian Studies at University of Wisconsin. She is co-translator of The Annotated Hans Christian Andersen, with Maria Tatar.