Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805 in the city of Odense on the island of Funen, Denmark. From early childhood, Hans often dreamed and “composed”, staged performances at home. Puppet theater was his favorite game.
In 1816, the boy began working as an apprentice for a tailor. Then there was a cigarette factory. At the age of fourteen, the future writer left for the capital of Denmark – Copenhagen. And he got a job at the Royal Theater, where he played supporting roles.
At the same time, Andersen wrote a play in five acts and sent a letter to the king asking for money for its release. The writer, thanks to the king of Denmark, began to study in schools, first in Slagels, and then in Elsinore at public expense. In 1827, Hans completed his studies.
In 1829, his story was published in a fantastic style “Walking journey from the Holmen Canal to the eastern end of Amager”. In 1835, Andersen was brought to fame for “Fairy Tales”. In 1839 and 1845, respectively, the second and third books of fairy tales were written.
In 1840, a collection called “Picture book without pictures” was published. In 1847, the writer left for England. At Christmas 1872, the last fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen was written. In 1872, the writer suffered serious injuries as a result of a fall, from which he was treated for three years.
In 1875, on August 4, Hans Christian Andersen died in Copenhagen, where he was buried in the Assistance cemetery.
His fairy tales “The Ugly Duckling”, “The Princess and the Pea”, “Wild Swans”, “Thumbelina”, “The Little Mermaid”, “The Snow Queen” and many others have gained worldwide fame, on which more than one generation of children all over the world has grown up. During the life of the writer, they were translated into many languages, including Russian.
Since 1967, on the birthday of the great storyteller, the whole world has been celebrating International Children’s Book Day.