Human beings, on the contrary, have a soul which lives forever, lives after the body has been turned to dust. It rises up through the clear, pure air beyond the glittering stars. ~ The Little Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen
Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2 in 1805. He died on August 4, 1875. His fairy tales, such as The Little Mermaid and The Little Match Girl, have inspired movies, plays and ballets.
Here are five quick facts about the author that you may not know:
1 – He was born in Odense, Denmark. His father was a shoemaker and his mother worked as a washerwoman.
2 – Andersen’s father set the stage for his son’s love of literature by reading him Arabian Nights.
3 – Hans Christian Anderson was not lucky in love. Jenny Lind, the opera singer, was the most famous of his unrequited loves.
4 – In the spring of 1872, Andersen fell out of his bed and was injured. He never fully recovered. Soon after he started to have signs of liver cancer. He died on August 4, 1875 in a house near Copenhagen.
5 – An early fairy tale by Andersen called The Tallow Candle was discovered in a Danish archive in October 2012. The story, written in the 1820s, was about a candle who did not feel appreciated. Its existence was unknown for close to two centuries.