Hans Christian Andersen Fact Sheet: Who was Hans Christian Andersen? The following short biography and fact sheet provides interesting facts about the life, times and history of Hans Christian Andersen.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact File Biography: Lifespan: 1805 - 1875 *** Full Name: Hans Christian Andersen *** Occupation: Danish Author *** Date of Birth: Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2nd 1805 *** Place of Birth: Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Funen, Kingdom of Denmark *** Family background: His father was Hans Anderson and his mother was Anne Marie Andersdatter. His father believed he was of a noble family and possibly an illegitimate son King Christian VIII of Denmark and his mother had been an uneducated washerwoman *** Early life and childhood: He grew up an only child *** Education: Hans Christian Andersen attended a local school for deprived children and was given a basic education ***
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 1: Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2nd 1805 and during the 19th century period in history when great strides were made in the industrial revolution, the Victoria era was coming to a close and there were vast technological advances being made.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 4: He had a wonderful soprano voice and this would get him accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre but unfortunately he began to mature and his voice changed. It was suggested that he showed talent in poetry and so he began to concentrate more on writing.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 10: Around this time he also put together a small book of poems.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 11: In 1833 he was given a little money donated by the King to enable him to travel around Europe.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 16: Anderson’s first installment of his Fairy Tales was published in 1835 with further stories published in 1837. In the collection were the stories, The Tinderbox, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, The Emperor’s New Clothes and Thumbelina.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 17: By 1845 he published four different translations of his tales followed a another volume Wonderful Stories for Children and then, A Danish Story Book and Danish Fairy Tales and Legends.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 18: In the London journal The Athenaeum wrote of the Wonderful Stories “This is a book full of life and fancy; a book for grandfathers no less than grandchildren, not a word of which will be skipped by those who have it once in hand.”.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 19: In 1847 Hans made his first visit to England where he was warmly greeted with the Countess of Blessington inviting him to her parties where he met Charles Dickens. He was a huge admirer of Dickens and was extremely happy to have made his acquaintance. In common they shared their portrayals of the under-classes and the poor.
Hans Christian Andersen Fact 20: Hans Christian Andersen died on August 4th 1872 of liver cancer near Copenhagen aged seventy years. His body laid to rest in the Assistens Kirkegard in the Norrebro area of Copenhagen.
Influence & Legacy of Hans Christian Andersen: His everlasting legacy is in the stories he left behind and the children over the decades that have enjoyed them. Not only has his own story been turned into films but many of his stories have also made it to the big screen for families to enjoy across the globe.
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