Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)
Han's Christian Andersen is one of the greatest writers ever. Most remember for his children stories, his amazing fairy tales are loved by not only children all over the world but adults as well.
Blessed with a good memory, wild imagination and many other talents, Andersen's only interests were theater and stories. He love performance and attempted a career as a child in singing and ballet but could not do them well.
Fortunately for him, Andersen's talent as a writer was noticed by Chancellor Jonas Collin, a director of the Royal Theater. With money from the king, Anderson was sent to school for an education.
Andersen began to publish his writings in 1829 and only published him first fairy tales in 1835. They were a great success among children and adults and Andersen when on to publishing 168 fairy tales in all.
Andersen's fairy tales are translated into many different languages today and are famous worldwide. Many of us will undoubtedly remember the stories of "The Little Mermaid" or "The Ugly Duckling". What about "The Emperor's New Clothes" or "The Little Match Girl"? These are just some of the many stories that he wrote that continue to touch the hearts of many today.