A TRIBUTE TO H.C. ANDERSEN: Fair Tales for Young & Old

Irmi Horn

Irmi Horn remembers the well-traveled writer in Lockdown with an ONLINE program. Hans Christian Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on April 2, 1805. He was the son of a poor shoemaker. He could hardly attend school until the Danish King Frederick VI, who had noticed his talent, allowed him to attend the Latin school in Slagelsen in 1822. He was also paid to study at university until 1828. Andersen traveled through Germany, France and Italy, which inspired him to lively impressionist studies. Andersen’s world fame is based on the total of 168 fairy tales he wrote. Andersen died in Copenhagen on August 4, 1875. The most important international children’s book prize is named after him: the Hans Christian Andersen Prize, which is awarded every 2 years on April 2. It is also known as the “Little Nobel Prize”.