Hans Christian Andersen (1805 – 1875) was a Danish author. 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 in Danish, 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 Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Nightingale”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “Thumbelina”, and many more.
His stories have inspired ballets, both animated and live-action films, and plays.
“It doesn’t matter about being born in a duckyard, as long as you are hatched from a swan’s egg”
“The Ugly Duckling”
Hans Christian Andersen was born in the town of Odense, Denmark, on 2 April 1805. He was an only child. Andersen’s father, also Hans, considered himself related to nobility. His paternal grandmother had told his father that their family had in the past belonged to a higher social class, but investigations prove these stories unfounded. Theories suggesting that Andersen may have been an illegitimate son of King Christian VIII of Denmark persist.
Andersen’s father, who had received an elementary education, introduced Andersen to literature, reading to him Arabian Nights. Andersen’s mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, was uneducated and worked as a washerwoman following his father’s death in 1816; she remarried in 1818. Andersen was sent to a local school for poor children where he received a basic education and was forced to support himself, working as an apprentice for a weaver and, later, for a tailor. At 14, he moved to Copenhagen to seek employment as an actor. Having an excellent soprano voice, he was accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre, but his voice soon changed. A colleague at the theatre told him that he considered Andersen a poet. Taking the suggestion seriously, Andersen began to focus on writing.
Andersen’s childhood home in Odense:
Jonas Collin, director of the Royal Danish Theatre, felt a great affection for Andersen and sent him to a grammar school in Slagelse, persuading King Frederick VI to pay part of the youth’s education. Andersen had already published his first story, “The Ghost at Palnatoke’s Grave” (1822). Though not a keen student, he also attended school at Elsinore until 1827.
He later said his years in school were the darkest and most bitter of his life. At one school, he lived at his schoolmaster’s home. There he was abused in order “to improve his character”, he was told. He later said the faculty had discouraged him from writing in general, causing him to enter a state of depression.
Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
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 EMPEROR's NEW CLOTHEs", "THE LITTLE MERMAID", "THE NIGHTINGALE", "THE SNOW QUEEN", "THE UGLY DUCKLING", "THUMBELINA", and many more. In this book, you will find "ALL STORIES" that writen by the Author Early and Later Stories as Fully Well illustrated "126 STORIEs"..More info →
Marchen fur Kinder
MARCHEN FUR KINDER
- Die Storche.
- Der fliegende Koffer.
- Der Schneemann.
- Es ist ein Unterschied.
- Das Feuerzeug.
- Das haBliche Entlein.
- Die Stopfnadel.
- Funf in einer Schote.
- Das Marchen vom Sandmann.
- Die Theekanne.
- Die Blumen der kleinen Ida.
- Das kleine Madchen mit den Schwefelholzern.
- Die wilden Schwane.
- Die gluckliche Familie.
- Der Engel.
- Der standhafte Zinnsoldat.
- Des Kaisers Nachtigall.
- Die Schneekonigin. & Marchen in sieben Geschichten.
- Der Tannenbaum.
- Das alte Haus.
- Der Buchweizen.
- Die roten Schuhe.
Von Nikolai Karasin, A. Zick, P. Schnorr, F. ReiB,
E. Klimsch, E. Kepler, M. Flashar, H. Effenberger
The Galoshes of Fortune
I t was in Copenhagen, in one of the houses on East Street, not far from King's Newmarket, that someone was giving a large party. For one must give a party once in a while, if one expects to be invited in return. Half of the guests were already at the card tables, and the rest were waiting to see what would come of their hostess's query:
"What can we think up now?"More info →
The Little Mermaid
Far out in the ocean the water is as blue as the petals of the loveliest cornflower, and as clear as the purest glass. But it is very deep too. It goes down deeper than any anchor rope will go, and many, many steeples would have to be stacked one on top of another to reach from the bottom to the surface of the sea. It is down there that the sea folk live.More info →
The Princess on the Pea
Once, there was a Prince who wanted to marry a Princess.
Only a real one would do.
So he traveled through all the world to find her, and everywhere things went wrong.More info →
The Tinder Box
There came a soldier marching down the high road-one, two! one, two! He had his knapsack on his back and his sword at his side as he came home from the wars. On the road he met a witch, an ugly old witch, a witch whose lower lip dangled right down on her chest.More info →
Wonderful Stories for Children
OLE LUCKOIE, (SHUT-EYE.)
THE NAUGHTY BOY.
THE GARDEN OF PARADISE.
A NIGHT IN THE KITCHEN.
LITTLE IDA'S FLOWERS.
THE CONSTANT TIN SOLDIER.
Rudy and Babette
LET us now go to Switzerland, and see its wonderful mountains, whose steep, rocky sides are covered with trees. We will climb up to the fields of snow, and then make our way down to the grassy valleys, with their countless streams and rivulets, impetuously rushing to lose themselves in the sea. The sunshine is hot in the narrow valley; the snow becomes firm and solid, and in the course of time it either descends as an avalanche, or creeps along as a glacier.More info →