Painting of young Andersen
Painting of young Andersen
 
 
The house of Hans Christian Andersen
The house of Hans Christian Andersen
 
 
Photo of Hans, age 55
Photo of Hans, age 55
 
 
Drawing from <i>The Emperor's New Clothes</i>
Drawing from The Emperor's New Clothes
 
 
Drawing from <i>The Little Mermaid</i>
Drawing from The Little Mermaid
 
 
Statue of Hans Christian Andersen
Statue of Hans Christian Andersen
 
 
A paper cut-out by Hans Christian Andersen
A paper cut-out by Hans Christian Andersen
 
Andersen, Hans Christian
Topic(s):   Authors
Quick Facts
Full Name Hans Christian Andersen
Born April 2, 1805 (Odense, Denmark)
Died August 4, 1875 (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Nationality Danish
Occupation(s) singer, actor, playwright, poet, writer
Major Achievement(s) author of: The Princess and the Pea; The Ugly Duckling; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Little Mermaid

People around the world love Andersenís fairy tales. He wrote more than 150 stories. These stories have been translated into almost every language.

Andersenís family was very poor. He did not attend school often. He tried many trades. Only stories and theater interested him. He could memorize tales with ease. When he was fourteen, he ran away to become an actor and dancer.

Like the ugly duckling, Andersen was awkward and clumsy. He was very tall with a big nose. He was not a good dancer or actor. A sponsor noticed his writing talent and sent him to school. In 1835, Andersen wrote Fairy Tales Told for Children. People loved the stories about rich and poor, spoiled and vain. Andersenís language sounded like everyday speech. His fairy tales brought him fame and regard. He traveled across Europe, Asia, and Africa.

Andersen had a special talent with scissors. To the delight of his audience, he could cut amazing paper creations as he told his tales.

Resource information

deMylius, Johan. (n.d.) Hans Christian Andersen - a short biography. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.andersen.sdu.dk/liv/minibio/index_e.html

Hans Christian Andersen's Biography | Scholastic.com. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/contributor/hans-christian-andersen

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales | EDSITEment. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://edsitement.neh.gov/lesson-plan/hans-christian-andersens-fairy-tales#sect-background

Krull, K. (1994). Lives of the writers: Comedies, tragedies (and what the neighbors thought). New York: Harcourt Brace.

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