- Andersen, Hans Christian
- (1805-75)A Danish shoemaker's son who as a child had heard traditional storytelling 'in the spinning-room or during the hop harvest'. He began writing fairytales in 1835, and continued all his life; the first English translations appeared in 1846. Some, for instance 'The Travelling Companions' and 'Big Claus and Little Claus', follow traditional plots quite closely; others are variations on old motifs, such as 'The Little Mermaid', elaborating the belief that water-spirits may love humans, and may desire to obtain salvation. Many, including the well-known 'Ugly Duckling', are entirely his own creations; almost all are full of pathos and emotionalism. Andersen's influence on the later literary fairytale in England was profound; it pervades the fairytales of Oscar Wilde, and can be felt as early as 1857 in several passages of Dickens's Little Dorrit. About a dozen are now among the stock of fairytales which most English children know, and are no longer felt as foreign.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
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Andersen, Hans Christian — born April 2, 1805, Odense, near Copenhagen, Den. died Aug. 4, 1875, Copenhagen Danish writer of fairy tales. Though reared in poverty, he received a university education. In his many collections of tales, published 1835–72, he broke with… … Universalium
Andersen, Hans Christian — (1805 1875) A Danish fairy tale writer, novelist, dramatist, and poet, Andersen came from a working class background and felt like an outsider all of his life. However, he is Scandinavia s best known writer, and his stories are known and loved … Historical Dictionary of Scandinavian Literature and Theater
Andersen,Hans Christian — An·der·sen (ănʹdər sən), Hans Christian. 1805 1875. Danish writer known for his fairy tales, including “The Princess and the Pea” and “The Ugly Duckling.” * * * … Universalium
Andersen, Hans Christian — ► (1805 75) Poeta y cuentista danés. Sus cuentos han sido lectura de los niños de muchas generaciones y países. La mayor parte de ellos son de origen popular y constituyen una aportación de valor universal. Destacan El encendedor de yesca, La… … Enciclopedia Universal
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