The Little Mermaid
By Hans Christian Anderson

"The Little Mermaid" (Danish: Den lille havfrue, literally: "the little mermaid") is a well-known fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince.

The tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media, including musical theatre and animated film.

*Note* I stumbled across this story while searching for public domain material to record. While similar in many ways to the delightful Disney tale that is so popular, there are marked differences too which I found facinating. The ending (which is somewhat controversial among critics) may surprise you...

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1 hour 20 minutes