Hans Christian Andersen

1805 - 1875

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Hans Christian Andersen (, Danish: [ˈhænˀs ˈkʰʁestjæn ˈɑnɐsn̩] (listen); 2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875) was a Danish author. Although a prolific writer of plays, travelogues, novels, and poems, he is best remembered for his literary fairy tales. Andersen's fairy tales, consisting of 156 stories across nine volumes and translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the West's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Hans Christian Andersen has received more than 5,766,604 page views. His biography is available in 167 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 164 in 2019). Hans Christian Andersen is the 7th most popular writer (down from 6th in 2019), the most popular biography from Denmark and the most popular Danish Writer.

Hans Christian Andersen is most famous for his fairy tales.

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Among writers, Hans Christian Andersen ranks 7 out of 5,794Before him are William Shakespeare, Dante Alighieri, Homer, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After him are Voltaire, Franz Kafka, Leo Tolstoy, Victor Hugo, Edgar Allan Poe, and Jules Verne.

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Among people born in 1805, Hans Christian Andersen ranks 1After him are Alexis de Tocqueville, Peter Gustav Lejeune Dirichlet, Giuseppe Mazzini, Princess Sophie of Bavaria, Joseph Smith, William Rowan Hamilton, Ferdinand de Lesseps, Louis Auguste Blanqui, Fanny Mendelssohn, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, and Maria Anna of Bavaria. Among people deceased in 1875, Hans Christian Andersen ranks 1After him are Georges Bizet, Jean-François Millet, Ferdinand I of Austria, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Andrew Johnson, Isaac Singer, Tongzhi Emperor, Charles Lyell, Éliphas Lévi, John Edward Gray, and Heinrich Louis d'Arrest.

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In Denmark

Among people born in Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen ranks 1 out of 783After him are Niels Bohr (1885), Søren Kierkegaard (1813), Ivar the Boneless (900), Margrethe II of Denmark (1940), Björn Ironside (800), Hans Christian Ørsted (1777), Vitus Bering (1681), Christian VII of Denmark (1749), Ole Rømer (1644), George I of Greece (1845), and Margaret I of Denmark (1353).

Among WRITERS In Denmark

Among writers born in Denmark, Hans Christian Andersen ranks 1After him are Sigrid Undset (1882), Karen Blixen (1885), Karl Adolph Gjellerup (1857), Henrik Pontoppidan (1857), Johannes V. Jensen (1873), Sven Hassel (1917), Georg Brandes (1842), Jens Peter Jacobsen (1847), Jussi Adler-Olsen (1950), N. F. S. Grundtvig (1783), and Martin Andersen Nexø (1869).