Hans C Biography 2 - HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Biography...

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HANS CHRISTIAN ANDERSEN Biography Born: April 2, 1805 Odense, Denmark Died: August 4, 1875 Copenhagen, Denmark Danish writer, author, and novelist Hans Christian Andersen was the first Danish author to emerge from the lowest class. He enjoyed fame as a novelist, dramatist, and poet, but his fairy tales are his greatest contribution to world literature. Early life Hans Christian Andersen was born on April 2, 1805, in Odense, Denmark. His father was a shoemaker, and his mother earned money washing other people's clothes. His parents spoiled him and encouraged him to develop his imagination. At the age of fourteen, Andersen convinced his mother to let him try his luck in Copenhagen, Denmark, rather than studying to become a tailor. When she asked what he planned to do in Copenhagen, he replied, "I'll become famous! First you suffer cruelly, and then you become famous." For three years Andersen lived in one of Copenhagen's most run-down areas. He tried to become a singer, a dancer, and an actor, but he failed. When he was seventeen, a government official arranged a scholarship for him in order to give him a second chance to receive an education. But he was a poor student and was never able to study successfully. He never learned how to spell or how to write in Danish. As a result his writing style remained close to the spoken language and still sounds fresh today, unlike
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course LIT. TRANS 275 taught by Professor Schmit during the Fall '07 term at Wisconsin.

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