Hans Christian Andersen

Danish writer and poet (1805–1875)

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish writer.

Hans Christian Andersen
Born(1805-04-02)2 April 1805
Odense, Denmark
Died4 August 1875(1875-08-04) (aged 70)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Fairy tales
children's literature

Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark. His father was a shoemaker, and his mother washed clothes for customers. The family was poor. When Andersen was 11, his father died. At 14, Andersen left his mother and his home. He moved to Copenhagen.

The king helped Andersen finish his education. Andersen wanted to be an actor or dancer. He did not have the talent for either. He started to write novels, plays, poems, short stories, and travel books. In 1835, he published four fairy tales that were liked by the readers. After this success, he wanted to write more fairy tales.

Andersen's stories were popular all over Europe. He was invited into the homes of rich and powerful people. He fell in love with several men and women. He was in love with singer Jenny Lind. He also fell in love with ballet dancer Harald Scharff.

Andersen was a happy and carefree man. He travelled all over Europe. He wanted to see the sights. He hoped travelling would make him even happier. He always carried a rope with him. He planned to use this rope as a fire escape if needed.[1] In the spring of 1872, Andersen fell off of his bed and suffered major injuries. He never recovered fully. Soon after that, Andersen showed signs of liver cancer. He died on 4 August 1875 from liver cancer.

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  1. "Hans Christian Andersen". Archived from the original on 2014-09-26. Retrieved 2014-09-22.