Hans Christian Andersen


Born
in Odense, Denmark
April 02, 1805

Died
August 04, 1875

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Influences


Hans Christian Andersen (often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen) was a Danish author and poet. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories — called eventyr, or "fairy-tales" — 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 Little Mermaid", "The Ugly Duckling",
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The Complete Fairy Tales

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4.28 avg rating — 118,627 ratings — published 1835 — 1982 editions
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The Ugly Duckling

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4.11 avg rating — 36,563 ratings — published 1843 — 379 editions
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The Little Match Girl

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4.09 avg rating — 20,728 ratings — published 1845 — 161 editions
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The Little Mermaid

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4.01 avg rating — 19,896 ratings — published 1836 — 336 editions
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Thumbelina

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4.11 avg rating — 12,344 ratings — published 1835 — 278 editions
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The Emperor's New Clothes

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3.95 avg rating — 12,860 ratings — published 1837 — 222 editions
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The Snow Queen

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3.75 avg rating — 13,308 ratings — published 1844 — 105 editions
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

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4.01 avg rating — 3,627 ratings — published 1838 — 176 editions
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The Wild Swans

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4.25 avg rating — 3,061 ratings — published 1838 — 130 editions
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The Nightingale

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The Ugly Duckling Thumbelina Svinedrengen
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More series by Hans Christian Andersen…
“But a mermaid has no tears, and therefore she suffers so much more.”
Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Mermaid

“Where words fail, music speaks.”
Hans Christian Andersen

“When the bird of the heart begins to sing, too often will reason stop up her ears.”
Hans Christian Andersen

Polls

July 2019 Short Story/Novella Poll

 
  94 votes, 32.3%

The Magic Shop by H.G. Wells, 32 pages, 1903
 
  84 votes, 28.9%

 
  32 votes, 11.0%

Everyday Use by Alice Walker, 8 pages+-, 1973
 
  28 votes, 9.6%

A White Heron by Sarah Orne Jewett, 32 pages, 1886
 
  27 votes, 9.3%

Miss Brill by Katherine Mansfield, 40 pages, 1920
 
  26 votes, 8.9%

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