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Jens Andersen
History & Criticism
Gardners Books; First Edition edition (March 31, 2005)
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The background of these pages is reproduced from a paper cutting made by Andersen himself. represent some of the stages in Andersen’s life: his birthplace in Odense, the old grammar school in Slagelse, the windmill man (a fairy-tale motif), Saint Canute’s Church in Odense, and the ugly duckling transformed into a swan.

Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales are like exquisite jewels, drawing from us gasps of recognition and delight. Andersen created intriguing and unique characters - a tin soldier with only one leg but a big heart, a beetle nestled deep in a horse's mane but harboring high aspirations. Each one of us at some time, has been touched by one of Andersen's Fairy Tales.

The Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books. Given every other year by IBBY, the Hans Christian Andersen Awards recognize lifelong achievement and are presented to an author and an illustrator whose complete works have made an important, lasting contribution to children's literature. The Author's Award has been given since 1956 and the Illustrator's Award since 1966. The Award consists of a gold medal and a diploma, presented at a festive ceremony during the biennial IBBY Congress.

Hans Christian Andersen’s most popular book is The Complete Fairy Tales. Books by Hans Christian Andersen. Showing 30 distinct works. previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9.

Hans Christian Andersen wrote dozens of stories about the orphan archetype. For the last two centuries The Ugly Duckling has been one of the few stories to encourage successive generations of outsiders to hold on till they find their ow. .

Hans Christian Andersen Biography - With captivating stories that have filled joy in the hearts of millions of children worldwide time and time again, Hans Christian Andersen is remembered. With captivating stories that have filled joy in the hearts of millions of children worldwide time and time again, Hans Christian Andersen is remembered as one of the most creative and widely read fairy tales author to live. Although Andersen was also a novelist, poet, playwright and essayist, his fairy tales became his identity and his greatest contribution to world literature. Andersen was born to a low class poor family on April 2, 1805 in Odense, Denmark.

Andersen's background is a fairytale unto itself and if ever there was a man whose beginnings belied his later success and durability as a writer, this man is it.

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author best known for writing children's stories including "The Little Mermaid" and "The Ugly Duckling. He followed this with the publication of a play, a book of poetry and a travelogue. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on April 2, 1805. Andersen achieved worldwide fame for writing innovative and influential fairy tales. The promising young author won a grant from the king, allowing him to travel across Europe and further develop his body of work. A novel based on his time in Italy, The Improvisatore, was published in 1835. The same year, Andersen began producing fairy tales.

Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is recognized around the world for his beloved books, including The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelina, The Little Match Girl, The Princess and the Pea, and many others. 1. Some of Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales are autobiographical

Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈændərsən/, Danish: (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875), in Denmark usually called . Andersen, was a Danish author

Hans Christian Andersen (/ˈændərsən/, Danish: (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875), in Denmark usually called . Andersen, was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen's popularity is not limited to children; his stories express themes that transcend age and nationality.

On the 200th anniversary of his birth, a new biography of the much-loved children's author, Hans Christian Andersen Hans Christian Andersen was a storyteller for children of all ages, but he was more than that. He was a critical journalist with great enthusiasm for science, an existential thinker, an observant travel book writer, a passionate novelist, a deft paper cut-out artist, a neurotic hypochondriac, and a man with intense but frustrated sexual desires. This startling and immensely readable, definitive new biography by Danish scholar Jens Andersen is essential to a full understanding of the man whose writing has influenced the lives of readers young and old for centuries. Jens Andersen sheds brilliant new light on Hans Christian Andersen's writings and on the writer whose own life had many aspects of the fairytale. Like some of the memorable characters he created, Andersen grew up in miserable and impoverished circumstances. He later propagated myths about his life and family, but this new biography uncovers much about this man that has never been revealed before.
  • *Nameless*
After having read two biographies of Ibsen and Strindberg, which were overly filled with many facts and figures of questionable importance to an understanding of the men's lives and works, this biography is a delight. I really got an overall view of Andersen's personality, talent and his overwhelming desire to succeed against all odds. His cultivating of wealthy and important benefactors was quite fascinating and the scope of his imagination gives his stories so much more meaning to me. This author knows how to write a biography!
  • CrazyDemon
This is the first bio of Andersen I've read so all was new. Andersen fictionalized his own life for his own contemporaries, so this author has a lot of work to bring out the true details, and psychological contradictions in his life and in his story telling. Andersen seemed to be sort of a "Peter Pan" - avoiding growing up; and working hard to hold on to his "innocence". Many crushes and love affairs [with persons both male and female], but according to this author all "platonic". A charmed life, yet not without dark secrets.
  • Rolorel
Well researched and written, this "new life" of Hans Christian Andersen achieves the purpose of presenting the poet and fairy-tales writer under a new perspective (including his particular emotional sensibility, his real sexual orientation and his "tricks" to promote his work among his friends). Wonderful book!
  • Xtintisha
We're all familiar with his fairy tales: "The Ugly Duckling," "The Little Mermaid," "The Little Match Girl," "The Fir Tree." But how many of us know very much at all about Hans Christian Andersen's life? In this thoroughly researched, yet comfortably readable, biography, Jens Andersen (no relation) presents the Danish author as a complex and eternally fascinating man, from his arrival in Copenhagen as a talented but uncouth adolescent to his death as a rich and famous writer beloved around the world.

Jens Andersen obviously has a great deal of admiration for his subject and affection for his creative work, but he never shies away from discussing the less flattering aspects of the great author's life and character. The Hans Christian Andersen we meet in these pages is every bit as gentle, whimsical, childlike, and melancholy as his stories might have led us to expect, but he's also vain, manipulative, dramatic, and difficult. Andersen glossed over the less savory details of his childhood in his autobiographies, but his biographer examines them unflinchingly. Andersen's ambiguous and conflicted sexuality is discussed here at length, never luridly but with great empathy. His views on art, spirituality, and science are shown to be a unique blend of liberality and tradition. Hans Christian Andersen was a consummate individualist who demanded, almost in spite of himself, to be accepted for exactly what he was. This excellent biography does him justice.

Jens Andersen is a Danish literary critic, and this biography was written in Danish with a Danish audience in mind. Tiina Nunnally's translation is smoothly readable, and she explains in brackets some of the linguistic nuances that don't translate. Even so, it should be pointed out that Jens Andersen assumes a greater familiarity with Danish geography and with nineteenth-century European history and literature than most American readers possess. He refers freely, even alludes casually, to works by Hans Christian Andersen that aren't readily available in English. It's not enough to pose a stumbling block to the general American reader, though readers without even a basic grasp of European cultural history may want to begin their exploration into Hans Christian Andersen's life with a less ambitious biography.

Although thick and challenging, I found this book a pleasure to read. I set it down with a deeper understanding of the Hans Christian Andersen tales I've known and loved since childhood, and with renewed interest in exploring some of his less familiar stories.
  • Pedora
HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN as written by Jens Andersen and beautifully translated form the Danish by Tiina Nunnally is that sort of biography we all long to read: the facts are all well-researched, the data is all in place, but the book reads like a novel.

Andersen's background is a fairytale unto itself and if ever there was a man whose beginnings belied his later success and durability as a writer, this man is it. Gratefully his oeuvre was appreciated in his lifetime and his wondrous tales have pleasured young and old alike for well over a hundred years. In his native Denmark he is considered a near 'saint' and his books have been translated into every language and are in the homes of children of all ages throughout the world.

This biography is, thankfully, not afraid to discuss those darker aspects of Andersen's life, but the way in which the author deals with this difficult information is the model of excellent reportage. The narrative style of Andersen on Andersen is by far the most positive aspect of this fine book.

Despite the weight (over 600 pages) of this tome, it is not daunting in the least. It reads quickly and entertainingly and is as fine as any biography of the world's favorite children's writer on the shelves. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, June 05