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Hans Christian Andersen - Fairy Tales Collection

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.






1835 The Tinder Box

1835 Little Claus and Big Claus

1835 The Princess and the Pea

1835 Little Ida’s Flowers

1835 Little Tiny or Thumbelina

1835 The Saucy Boy

1835 The Travelling Companion

1836 The Little Mermaid

1837 The Emperor’s New Suit

1838 The Goloshes of Fortune

1838 The Daisy

1838 The Brave Tin Soldier

1838 The Wild Swans

1838 The Garden of Paradise

1838 The Flying Trunk

1838 The Storks

1839 The Elf of the Rose

1840 What the Moon Saw

1840 The Wicked Prince

1842 The Metal Pig

1842 Shepherd’s Story

1842 A Rose from Homer’s Grave

1842 The Buckwheat

1842 Ole-Luk Oie, the Dream God

1842 The Swineherd

1844 The Angel

1844 The Nightingale

1844 The Ugly Duckling

1844 The Top and Ball

1845 The Fir Tree

1845 The Snow Queen

1845 The Little Elder Tree Mother

1848 The Story of a Mother

1845 The Elfin Hill

1845 The Red Shoes

1845 The Jumper

1845 The Shepherdess and the Sweep

1845 Holger Danske

1845 The Bell

1845 Grandmother

1846 The Darning Needle

1846 The Little Match Seller

1847 The Sunbeam and the Captive

1847 By the Almshouse Window

1847 The Old Street Lamp

1847 The Neighbouring Families

1847 Little Tuk

1847 The Shadow

1848 The Old House

1848 The Drop of Water

1848 The Happy Family

1848 The Shirt Collar

1849 The Flax

1850 The Phoenix Bird

1851 A Story

1851 The Puppet Show Man

1851 The Dumb Book

1852 The Old Grave Stone

1852 The Conceited Apple Branch

1852 The Loveliest Rose in the World

1852 In a Thousand Years

1852 The Swan’s Nest

1852 The Story of the Year

1852 There Is No Doubt About It

1852 A Cheerful Temper

1853 A Great Grief

1853 Everything in the Right Place

1853 The Goblin and the Huckster

1853 Under the Willow Tree

1853 The Pea Blossom

1861 The Portuguese Duck

1861 The Ice Maiden

1861 The Psyche

1861 The Snail and the Rose Tree

1861 The Old Church Bell

1862 The Silver Shilling

1863 The Snowdrop

1853 She Was Good for Nothing

1854 The Last Pearl

1854 Two Maidens

1855 Uttermost Parts of the Sea

1855 The Money Box

1855 A Leaf from Heaven

1855 Jack the Dullard

1855 Ib and Little Christina

1856 The Thorny Road of Honor

1856 The Jewish Maiden

1857 The Bell Deep

1858 The Bottle Neck

1858 Soup from a Sausage Skewer

1858 The Old Bachelor’s Nightcap

1858 Something

1858 Last Dream of the Old Oak

1858 The Marsh King’s Daughter

1858 The Races

1859 The Philosopher’s Stone

1859 The Story of the Wind

1859 The Girl Who Trod on the Loaf

1859 Ole the Tower Keeper

1859 Anne Lisbeth

1859 Children’s Prattle

1859 The Child in the Grave

1859 Two Brothers

1860 The Pen and the Inkstand

1860 The Farm Yard Cock

1860 Beauty of Form Beauty of Mind

1860 A Story from the Sand Hills

1860 Moving Day

1861 The Butterfly

1861 Bishop of Borglum

1861 The Mail Coach Passengers

1861 Beetle Who Went on Travels

1861 What the Old Man Does

1861 The Snow Man

1865 The Bird of Popular Song

1865 The Will-o-the Wisp

1865 The Windmill

1865 In the Nursery

1865 The Golden Treasure

1865 The Storm Shakes the Shield

1866 Delaying Is Not Forgetting

1866 The Porter’s Son

1866 Our Aunt

1866 The Toad

1868 The Goblin and the Woman

1868 The Dryad

1869 The Court Cards

1869 Luck May Lie in a Pin

1869 Sunshine Stories

1869 What One Can Invent

1869 The Thistle’s Experiences

1869 Poultry Meg’s Family

1870 The Candles

1870 The Most Incredible Thing

1870 Danish Popular Legends

1871 The Great Sea Serpent

1871 The Gardener and the Manor

1872 The Cripple

1873 The Flea and the Professor