Andersen: What was he like ?
His life story is not the rosy fairy tale he liked to pretend it was. Nor was it as tragic as he sometimes tried to convince himself it was. But it is a strange andfascinating story about a strange
and remarkable outsider whose language of communication proved to be more universally intelligible than that of any other writer .
by Elias Bredsdorff
Andersen from painting by C.A.Jensen 1836