Hans Christian Andersen
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Hans Christian Andersen - Stories for the Ages

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Hans Christian Andersen lived a fascinating life.

He may have been a son born out of wedlock to Denmark's king.

As a fourteen year old, he was accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre as a soprano, but his voice soon changed.

Regardless of his parentage, the king clearly took a repeated interest in young Hans.

Other authors simply wrote of kings and queens. Hans Christian Andersen clearly had at least a nodding acquaintance with them.

He published poems and novels as well as stories.

He traveled extensively and wrote travelogues.

He met Charles Dickens and overstayed his welcome at Dickens' home!

He was unlucky in love and was probably bisexual.

The Danish government paid him simply for being a "national treasure."

There is a statue of Andersen in New York's Central Park, and an amusement park devoted to his tales in Shanghai, China. His work has been translated into more than 150 languages.

The Hans Christian Andersen Sculpture in Central Park, photo by Barry Solow

Hans Christian Andersen stories

The translations I've posted to this site are in the public domain, i.e. free to be reproduced because their copyright has expired.

The stories have not been screened for appropriateness, because I don't know what you think is appropriate! Hans Christian Andersen was criticized early in his career for writing stories without clear moral messages, but before long he was recognized simply as a brilliant storyteller.


Here's a very special edition of the complete Hans Christian Andersen stories. It may seem expensive, but this is a nearly 1000 page book with about 200 stories. If that doesn't make it a bargain, I don't know what does!

This classic edition features illustrations from both Andersen's time and our own. And remember this? I do!

Fairy tales from other authors.

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