A native of
Hans Christian Andersen
info1 ) is one of the immortals of world literature.
The fairy tales he wrote are like no others written before or since. "The
Brave Tin Soldier", "The Snow Queen" , "The Swineherd" , "The Nightingale"
Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense
info2 ) on April 2, 1805
info3) in a one-room house
Hans Christian Andersen Museum)
Hans Jensens Stræde and
lived here a short time from 1805
-1807. In 1807 Hans Christian and
the family moved to another house,
Hans Christian Andersen Childhood
info3 ) in Munkemøllestræde 3-5
in Odense, where he lived from
When he was 11 years old, his
(26. april 1816)
and he was virtually left alone. He went to
school only at intervals and spent most of his time imagining stories rather than reading lessons. He could memorize very easily and learned some of his lessons by listening to a neighbourhood boy who was in the habit of studying aloud. He memorized and recited plays to anyone who would listen and imitated
ballet dancers, acrobats or
To put an end on this,
his mother apprenticed him first to a
weaver, then to a tobacconist and finally to a tailor. Hans Christian knew these occupations were not for him. The only things that held his interest were the
theater , books and stories. When he was 14, he decided to go to
Few monts after his
confirmation on the
4 September 1819 he leaved Odense and seek his fortune
There followed three bitter years of poverty. Hans Christian earned a little money singing in a boy's choir until his voice changed. He tried to act and to join the ballet, but his awkwardness made these careers impossible. He attempted to work with his hands but could not do this either. It never occured to him to return home and admit defeat.
At last, when he was 17, Andersen came to the attention of Chancellor
Jonas Collin, a director of
The Royal Theater
in Copenhagen. Collin had read a play by Andersen and saw that the youth had talent. He
procured money from the
king Frederik 6 for Andersen's education and sent him to a school near Copenhagen. First in
Slagelse and later in
His teacher, a bitter man, treated him harshly and took delight in taunting him about his ambition to become a writer. Finally Collin took the youth from the school and arranged for him to study under a private tutor in Copenhagen. In 1828, when he was 23, Andersen passed his entrance
examinations to the
university in Copenhagen.
Andersen's writings began to be
published in Danish in 1829. In 1833 the
king gave him a grant of money for travel and he spent 16 months wandering through
Germany, France, Switzerland and his beloved
Italy. His works were
plays, novels and
impressions of his travels (he always brought
because he was afraid of fire).
was i the periode 1831 -1873 on 30
travels to other countries. Hans
Christian Andersen lived nearly 15
years in other countries.
travel is to live..."
In 1835 Andersen published
'Fairy Tales for Children' - four short stories he wrote for a little girl,
Ida Thiele, who was the daughter of the secretary of the Academy of Art. People, who had read the stories - adults as well as children - wanted more. Andersen published
168 fairy tales in all. He wrote the stories just as he would have told them. Although he never married and had no children of his own, he was at his best as an interpreter of the nature of children.
Hans Christian Andersen
(info6) on Aug.4, 1875.
23. oktober 2005
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