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Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was one of Denmark's most famous authors. His fairy tales are enjoyed all over the world. Both children and adults read them.
Andersen was born in Odense. His father died when he was young, and he went to a school for poor children. When he was 14, he left school and went to Copenhagen. He nearly starved there while he tried to find work as an actor, singer, and dancer. A friend, Jonas Collin, helped him get a royal scholarship, and he went back to school.
Andersen's first play was produced in 1829. For several years, he wrote plays and novels. In 1835, he published his first fairy tales. At first, they were printed in booklets. Later they were collected in books.
Some of Andersen's stories, such as “The Tinder Box,” were like folk tales. Others, like “The Ugly Duckling,” which tells how something ugly can grow to be beautiful, were based on his life. Some, like “The Emperor's New Clothes,” made fun of the foolish things people do. Still others were stories that explained his ideas.
The stories became popular in the 1840's and made Andersen famous. He met royalty and other writers. He traveled through Europe and wrote about his journeys. Andersen never married, but many people loved and respected his writing. He kept writing fairy tales until his death.
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