Are you a keen book reader? Do you like fairytales? Then hands Christian Anderson is one writer you must know about. Born in Denmark, this prolific writer has written poems, travelogues, plays and novels but he is best known for his fairytales.
The work of this Dutch work has not only been translated into many languages but has also been a source of inspiration for many successors whose plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films showed the influence of his work.
The writer was introduced to the legendary “Arabian Nights” in his childhood. His work shows the influence of these tales Anderson had to struggle to make a living since his childhood. His father died when he was young and his mother, who was a washer-woman, remarried. He subsequently had to support himself. 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, Anderson began to focus on writing. Thus his writing career began. Though not a keen student, he also attended school at Elsinore until 1827. Andersen’s stories laid the goundwork for other children’s classics, such as Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahme and Winnie the Pooh by A.A. Milne. The technique of making inanimate objects, such as toys, come to life (Little Ida’s Flowers) was later used by Lewis Carroll and Beatrix Potter April 2, Andersen’s birthday, is celebrated as “International Children’s Book Day”.
Born: April 02, 1805
Occupation: Novelist, short story writer, poet
Died: August 4, 1875
Notable Stories: Thumbelina, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Wild Swans, The Steadfast Tin Soldier.
First Publication of Fairy Tales: In 1835 he successfully published his “Fairy Tales.” The second volume off the book was published in 1837.
Translation of Work: His work has been translated into 125 different languages.
Statues: During his lifetime the Danish government had started a work to erect a statue in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens in Copenhagen. In the United States, statues of Andersen may be found in New York City’s Central Park, Chicago’s Lincoln Park, and in Solvang, California, a city founded by Danes.
Film: Inspired by the life experiences and work of author, a film named “Hans Christian Anderson” was made in 1952. A more accurate biographical treatment was attempted in “Hans Christian Andersen: My Life as a Fairytale” in 2003.