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Hans Christian Andersen

Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet (1805-1875)

1805   -   1875


movement: Romanticism
genre: fairy tale
country of citizenship: Kingdom of Denmark
native language: Danish
languages spoken, written or signed: Danish
educated at: Slagelse Gymnasium, University of Copenhagen
occupation: writer, poet, novelist, children's writer, autobiographer, playwright, journalist, traveler, author, cut-paper artist
award received: Order of the Red Eagle 3rd Class, Prometheus Award - Hall of Fame, Order of the Dannebrog, Bavarian Maximilian Order for Science and Art, Golden Paintbrush, Royal Order of the Polar Star
influenced by: William Shakespeare

Hans Christian Andersen (, Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɑnɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales. Andersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and 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. His most famous fairy tales include "The Emperor's New Clothes", "The Little Mermaid", "The Nightingale", "The Steadfast Tin Soldier", "The Red Shoes", "The Princess and the Pea", "The Snow Queen", "The Ugly Duckling", "The Little Match Girl", and "Thumbelina". His stories have inspired ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films. One of Copenhagen's widest and busiest boulevards, skirting Copenhagen City Hall Square at the corner of which Andersen's larger-than-life bronze statue sits, is named "H. C. Andersens Boulevard."
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