Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark. He is one of the most popular fairy tale writers of all times. He has written 168 tales.
He left home in 1819 when he was 14 years old and went to Copenhagen to seek his fortune at the theatre. He tried to become an actor, a ballet-dancer, singer but all his attempts were unsuccessful.
He started to write novels in the 1830’s. All his novels were widespread in Germany. After 1839 his fairytales made him famous not only in Germany but in England and America.
In 1866 he was made honorary citizen of his hometown Odense.
Some of the most popular tales published in our literature collection are: “The Snow Queen”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Little Match-Seller”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Brave Tin Soldier”, “The Wild Swans”, “The Garden of Paradise”, “The Flying Trunk”.
He died on August 4, 1875 in Copenhagen.