Hans Christian Andersen


Born
in Odense, Denmark
April 02, 1805

Died
August 04, 1875

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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", "The
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The Complete Fairy Tales

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4.27 avg rating — 118,299 ratings — published 1913 — 580 editions
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The Ugly Duckling

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4.10 avg rating — 40,179 ratings — published 1843 — 405 editions
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The Little Match Girl

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The Little Mermaid

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The Emperor's New Clothes

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Thumbelina

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The Snow Queen

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The Steadfast Tin Soldier

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The Wild Swans

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