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", "Th
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The Complete Fairy Tales

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4.28 avg rating — 119,237 ratings — published 1913 — 578 editions
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The Ugly Duckling

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4.11 avg rating — 37,162 ratings — published 1843 — 395 editions
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The Little Match Girl

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4.09 avg rating — 21,222 ratings — published 1845 — 40 editions
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The Little Mermaid

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4.01 avg rating — 20,356 ratings — published 1836 — 300 editions
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Thumbelina

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4.11 avg rating — 12,482 ratings — published 1835 — 273 editions
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The Emperor's New Clothes

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3.96 avg rating — 12,856 ratings — published 1837 — 215 editions
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The Snow Queen

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3.74 avg rating — 13,299 ratings — published 1844 — 13 editions
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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

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4.02 avg rating — 3,573 ratings — published 1838 — 170 editions
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The Wild Swans

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4.25 avg rating — 3,106 ratings — published 1838 — 131 editions
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