Hans Christian Andersen

Novelist, Author

1805 – 1875

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Who was Hans Christian Andersen?

Hans Christian 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. They have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.

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Born
Apr 2, 1805
Odense
Also known as
  • H.C. Andersen
  • H C Andersen
  • HC Andersen
  • Hans Christian Anderson
  • H. C. Andersen
  • Andersen, Hans Christian
  • Hans Andersen
  • G.Kh.Andersen
  • H. Andersen
Parents
Ethnicity
  • Danes
Nationality
  • Denmark
Profession
Education
  • Royal Danish Theatre
Lived in
  • Odense
  • Portugal
    (1866/05/06 - 1866/08/14)
Died
Aug 4, 1875
Copenhagen
Resting place
Assistens Cemetery

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