An Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The Little Match Girl"
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With Matchless, Gregory Maguire has reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic The Little Match Girl for a new time and new audiences. Originally asked by National Public Radio to write an original story with a Christmas theme, the New York Times bestselling author of Wicked and A Lion Among Men was once again inspired by the fairy tales we all loved in childhood—and he composed a poignant and enchanting tale of transcendence. A lovely and beautifully illustrated gift, Matchless places Andersen’s pitiful waif in the august company of Maguire’s previously re-imagined Snow White (Mirror, Mirror), Cinderella (Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister), and, of course, the Wicked Witch and other denizens of Oz.
Praise For Matchless: An Illumination of Hans Christian Andersen's Classic "The Little Match Girl"…
“The little match girl’s story is now getting its due thanks to novelist Gregory Maguire of ‘Wicked’ fame…. Matchless glows with aching beauty.”
— Huntsville Times
“Maguire’s story has the weight and solidity of a treasured folk tale, something to be handed down and retold.”
— Ellen Trachtenberg, author of The Best Children’s Literature: A Parent’s Guide
William Morrow Paperbacks, 9780062004826, 112pp.
Publication Date: September 28, 2010
About the Author
Gregory Maguire is the New York Times bestselling author of Hiddensee; After Alice; Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister; Lost; Mirror Mirror; and the Wicked Years, a series that includes Wicked—the beloved classic that is the basis for the blockbuster Tony Award-winning Broadway musical—Son of a Witch, A Lion Among Men, and Out of Oz. Maguire has lectured on art, literature, and culture both at home and abroad. He lives with his family in New England.