Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Tribute to Hans Christian Andersen

Denmark boasts many famous citizens, but, arguably, none moreso than Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875.) Although he was responsible for many important essays and articles, he will always be remembered for his fairy tales which haven't gone, and never will go out of style.

An only child, born to Hans and Anne Marie Andersen in Odense, Hans served as a lawyer, a banker, and a
doctor's employee before publishing "The Ghost At Palnatoke's Grave" in  1822. His famous fairy tales,including "The Emperor's New Clothes," "The Ugly Duckling," and, of course, "The Little Mermaid," were published in 1835,1836,and 1837, but he didn't truly achieve success with those stories until Ariel,as The Little Mermaid would later become known,made her English-language debut in BENTLEY'S MISCELLANY. He wrote a series of travelogues beginning in 1851,and he became famous for his meetings with English author Charles Dickens.

He died of liver cancer, and his body was interred at the Assistens Cemetery in Copenhagen, but as long as people tell tales of ugly ducklings who discover their inner beauty, elegant schemes  that turn out to never have existed at all, princesses who prove they are really of royal lineage, and mermaids who sacrifice it all for love, Hans Christian Andersen will always be PART OF OUR WORLD.

THERE! If that doesn't get me more pageviews in Denmark, nothing else will! (Denmark brings the total of Steve's Blog countries to seven, but they still have only one stinking pageview!)


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