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O is for… Once Upon a time

“Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen” – so starts the 1952 movie about Hans Christian Andersen.

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Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875), born in Odense in Denmark, is internationally famous for his much-loved fairy tales. There are a number of statues commemorating him around the world, including this one in Copenhagen.

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In recent times, as we have learned more about his personal life, his reputation has been questioned.  He was an ambitious, driven person and something of a social misfit, with ambivalent sexual preferences.

If you would like to learn more about the man and his writings, this section of the British Library website explores a number of aspects of his life and works, including the darker side of his personal life.

Part of April A to Z, ABCW and Alphabe Thursday
Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 April 2015aDSC_0636_pp

19 replies »

  1. Adorable entry….. i love those stories…told them to my childeren many years ago…

    And someday, i hope, to my grandchilderen, or better yet, taking them on a trip there

    Have a nice abc-day-week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫


  2. My husband has travelled to Denmark often because of his work but unfortunately I have never been there. Now I want to go and see this.


  3. I love the film starring Danny Kaye. I have read his stories and so many are actually morbid-The tree going up in flames, the little girl frozen in the snow, the mermaid dies. His life that you briefly described does not surprise me at all


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