The Hans Christian Andersen Reading Room


About Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author born in the town of Odense, Denmark, on 2 April 1805. He is best remembered for his fairy tales which have been translated into more than 125 languages. They present lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity.

His father introduced him to literature by reading to him One Thousand and One Nights (a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories) which include historical tales, love stories, tragedies, comedies and poems. Some of his best known work is a collection of children’s fairy tales including “The Tinderbox“, “The Princess and the Pea“, “Thumbelina“, “The Little Mermaid” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes“.

Works in the Hans Christian Andersen Reading Room

The Ugly Duckling

Forthcoming Works

The Emperor’s New Clothes

Little Thumbelina

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