Thursday, April 1, 2010

Hans Christian Andersen

April 2 is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. This Danish writer and poet was born in 1805. By the time of his death in 1875 he was known worldwide.

In the English-speaking world, stories such as Thumbelina, The Snow Queen, The Ugly Duckling , The Emperor’s New Clothes, and The Princess and the Pea remain popular and are widely read. "The emperor's new clothes" and "ugly duckling" have both passed into the English language as well-known expressions.

In the Copenhagen harbor there is a statue of The Little Mermaid placed in honor of Hans Christian Andersen.  April 2, Andersen's birthday, is celebrated as International Children's Book Day.