Today is the anniversary of the birth of Hans Christian Andersen. He was born in Odense, Denmark (near Copenhagen) on 2 April 1805.
His father, who introduced him to literature at a young age, died during his boyhood. His mother was an illiterate washerwoman but knew the value of education. She sent Hans to a school for poor children, but Hans had to work to pay his way through. Despite this, Anderson showed talent and was excepted into The University of Copenhagen. Although a talented writer and wrote many plays, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen’s stories express themes that transcend age and nationality and are loved by both the young and young at heart.
Hans Christian Anderson has a strong faith in God and at one point, he wrote in his diary: “Almighty God, thee only have I; thou steerest my fate, I must give myself up to thee! Give me a livelihood!” I believe God honored his request and his faithfulness. He became well known for his many literary works that are still loved today; including The Ugly Duckling, The Princess and the Pea and The Little Mermaid.
I remember first being introduced to Hans Christian Anderson through a movie starring Danny Kaye when I was very young. I think I can trace my love of storytelling back to this. I began dreaming of using my own stories to affect others in the way he did. Happy Birthday, Hans Christian Anderson