The Life and Works of Hans Christian Andersen
(A Concise Biography)
Hans Christian Andersen (1802-1875) was a famous Danish author and poet whose varied collection of poems and stories are still widely read by many today. Throughout his life, Andersen wrote about 190 different stories; each one unique and revolving around a specific theme. Most of Andersen’s stories possess an intense originality while being intended for children and adults alike. Hans Christian Andersen was also known for his excellent plays and essays about his various world travels. However, his collection of fairy tales remains his most famous work.
As a child, Andersen became familiar with folk tales which became deeply etched in his psyche. This youthful experience would later inspire him to write fairy tales as an adult. Hans Christian’s first work called ‘Fairy Tales Told for Children’ was printed in the year 1835. Afterwards, Anderson would become even more prolific. Andersen explored new areas in Danish literature as his writing style was rich with idiomatic expressions and witticisms. Some of the characters from his stories are so memorable they can remain in the reader’s memory for a lifetime. While Andersen’s stories often lacked a moral point they were often filled with worldly wisdom.
With his experience, perceptivity, and an awareness of the 19th century industrial revolution beginning to take place around him, Hans Christian Andersen managed to combine fantasy, poetry, and intellect into his writing in such a way that his work is still widely accepted and appreciated by readers the world over.