His love for travelling leads him to different parts of Europe between 1840 and 1873. He lived in a time that was rapidly changing, with new inventions. He enjoyed his first travel by train and was delighted when he first tested a telegraph line. And.......we don't have to guess how he looked. His portrait was captured on a photographic glass plate.
|During his travels he has met a good number of
famous writers, like Dumas, Heine, Hugo and Dickens. He also meets Jacob
Grimm, a publisher of fairy tales, who had until then........never heard of HCA
He was invited to stay at the Danish royal court or with the upper class of those days in Denmark and abroad. During his life he visited most of the major European cities, even stayed in Amsterdam for a day.
The King Of
The King of
Between his many travels he finds time to write as well. The "New Tales, 2nd Collection", that includes "The Fir Tree" and "The Snow Queen", is published on the same day, December 21st 1844, as the "Picture Book without Pictures, Second Expanded Edition".
|Only a few months later, in April 1845, the
"New Tales, 3rd Collection" is released. It includes
"The Elf Mound", "The Red Shoes",
"The Jumpers", "The Shepherdess and the
Chimneysweep" and "Holger Dansk". In April
1847 the "New Tales, Second Volume, 1st Collection"is
released. Included are "The Old Street Lamp", "The
Neighbouring Families", The Darning Needle", "Little
Tuk" and "The Shadow".
Less than a year later, March 1848, the "New tales, Second Volume, 2nd Collection" is published. It includes "The Little Match Girl", "The Old House", "The Happy Family", "The Drop of Water", "The Story of a Mother" and "The Shirt Collar".
In April 1852 "Stories" is published. The fact that this title is chosen over "tales" indicates that HCA is making a change from pure fairy tales to more experimental short stories. The "Stories" include -among others- "The Swans Nest", "A good Mood" and "The Final Day". Already in November of that year it is followed by "Stories, Second Collection", that includes -among others- "The Goblin and the Grocer", "Under the Willow Tree" and "Heartache".
In 1857 a novel "To Be or Not To Be" is published
and in March 1858 the "New Tales and Stories", which
was very rapidly followed in May of that year by the "New Tales and Stories,
In March 1870 returns from Nice to Copenhagen. From the 26th of June to the 9th of July he stays at the Holsteinborg Estate. He starts working on "Lucky Peter" there and finishes the book on July 29th, during his stay with the Henriques at Petershoj. The book will be his last novel and is published on November 11th.
King of Clubs:
King of Diamonds:
"Tales and Stories, New Edition" was published on March 30th 1872. It includes -among others- "The Comet", "The Candles", "The Great Sea Serpent", "Dance, Dance, Doll of Mine" and "The Carrot Wedding". After that he travels with William Bloch via Dresden, Prague and Vienna to Venice and returns via Munich to Copenhagen on May 25th.
|In November and December he is seriously
ill and although his doctor believes that it is "wind in the major
intestine", HCA, based on the pain, feels that he probably has a
problem with his liver. But he has worked and on November 23rd his
last book "New tales and Stories, Third Series, Second
Collection". It includes -among others- "The Gate Key"
and "Aunty Toothache". This last story was inspired by
his own toothaches and not long after the story was published......he
lost his last tooth. On March 18th 1873 he gets a whole new set of false
During a 3 month journey to Germany and Switzerland in 1873 his
condition gets worse. Besides the liver cancer he also suffers from
arthritis now and often has to take morphine at night. In 1875 he is
paid tribute from near and far on his birthday, April 2nd, and to mark
the occasion the Royal Theatre performs a play and the opera, that HCA
liked best, "Little Kirsten".
Commander of the Order of the Dannebrog, 1st rank.
Norwegian Order of Olav, with a star.
Councillor of State, 3rd rank
Silver Cross from the order "Men of the Dannebrog".
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Of course this is only half the tale. There's so much
more to tell about Hans Christian Andersen.
I'm sure Wikipedia will provide it.
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