Hans Christian Andersen

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Hans Christian Andersen
Born April 2, 1805(1805-04-02)
Odense, Denmark
Died August 4, 1875(1875-08-04) (aged 70)
Copenhagen, Denmark
Occupation Writer
Nationality Danish
Genres Romanticism
Fairy tales

Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish writer. He was born into poverty. At 14, he left his mother and home in Odense to seek his fortune in Copenhagen. The king was impressed with his determination to better himself, and made it possible for Andersen to finish his education. Andersen began to write novels, plays, poems, short stories, and travel books. In 1835, he published four fairy tales that were well received. He was encouraged to continue writing fairy tales.

Andersen's tales were wildly popular throughout Europe. He was invited into the homes of aristocrats. He fell in love with several men and women, notably the singer Jenny Lind and the ballet dancer Harald Scharff. Andersen was a melancholy man and travelled widely throughout Europe as a sightseer to relieve his unhappiness. He was a world class writer and a world famous celebrity. He died in Copenhagen in 1875 after falling from his bed.

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