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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Thanks to his fairy tales and stories, Hans Christian Andersen, 1805-75, is probably the most widely read author in the world today, but even in his own time he was read and known from Russia in the east to America in the west. His career from the lowest stratum of society in his native town of Odense in Funen via his problematic adaptation to the official and bourgeois circles in Copenhagen... More

Mark Twain

Mark Twain

Arguably Mark Twain's greatest fiction was "Mark Twain." Several of the characters in his novels -- Colonel Sellers, Tom Sawyer, Huck Finn -- achieved a status beyond their mere textual existence, but in his time and since, the image of "Mark Twain" himself is one of the best-known reference points in America's cultural imagination... More

Aesop

Aesop

The most noted of all fable authors is Aesop. Most believe he lived around the time of 620 B.C. Many fables have been attributed to Aesop, but we are uncertain how many he actually authored. Some scholars have questioned his existence entirely... More

Frank Baum

Frank Baum

It was late when Counsellor Knapp, lost in thought about the times of King Hans, desired to return home; and fate so ordered it that he put on the goloshes of Fortune instead of his own, and walked out into the East Street. Through the magic power of the goloshes, he was at once carried back three hundred years, to the times of King Hans, for which he had been longing when he put them on. Therefore he immediately set his foot into the mud and mire of the street, which in those days possessed no pavement. ...More

The Brothers Grimm

The Brothers Grimm

“I must tell you,” said she, “that to-day is my birthday; and in honor of it I have been intrusted with a pair of goloshes, to introduce amongst mankind. These goloshes have the property of making every one who puts them on imagine himself in any place he wishes, or that he exists at any period. Every wish is fulfilled at the moment it is expressed, so that for once mankind have the chance of being happy.” ...More