Matchless : A Christmas Story

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Every year, NPR asks a writer to compose an original story with a Christmas theme. In 2008, Gregory Maguire reinvented the Hans Christian Andersen classic "The Little Match Girl" for a new time and new audiences. When it was first translated from Danish and published in England in the mid-nineteenth century, audiences likely interpreted the Little Match Girl′s dying visions of lights and a grandmother in heaven as metaphors of religious salvation. Maguire′s new piece, entitled "Matchless," reilluminates Andersen′s classic, using his storytelling magic to rekindle Andersen′s original intentions, and to suggest transcendence, the permanence of spirit, and the continuity that links the living and the dead.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 134.62 x 193.04 x 20.32mm | 249.47g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • line art throughout
  • 0061913014
  • 9780061913013
  • 611,163

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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
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