Friday, February 29, 2008

Hans Christian Andersen, master storyteller of the Danes

"The Little Mermaid" is one of many enduring stories by Hans Christian Andersen. Yes, it was adapted for movieland by Disney. The statue above, an object of pride in the harbor at Copenhagen, celebrates the author.

My favorite is "The Emperor's New Clothes." It's about con men and the Big Lie.

The Ugly Duckling" has autobiographical elements; Andersen was awkward as a youth.

"The Princess and the Pea" and "Thumbelina" are also his tales. Another is "The Nightingale." I also like "The Little Match Girl" There is a ballet called "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" based on his story of that name.

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