When the Brothers Grimm first published their collection of now famous fairy tales, Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was just 10 years old. But Andersen was destined to become a talented Danish author of fairy tales and children’s stories himself, writing popular stories like The Little Mermaid and The Ugly Duckling. Andersen was extremely popular in his time, making friendships with royalty and writers like Charles Dickens while his works were translated into over 100 languages worldwide.
Ironically, the work for which Andersen is best remembered was one of his least popular at first. In 1835, Andersen published his Fairy Tales for the first time, but they sold poorly, even while Andersen’s novel Only a Fiddler fared well.
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Hans Christian Andersen often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen. He was a Danish author. Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories, called "eventyr" in Danish, express themes that transcend age and nationality. Andersen's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "Thumbelina", and many more. His stories have inspired ballets, animated and live-action films, and plays. Hans Christian Andersen was born in the town of Odense, Denmark, on 2 April 1805. Died 4 August 1875 (aged 70) ěsterbro, Copenhagen, Kingdom of Denmark. He was an only child.
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