Once upon a time, in a land not far away, a small book of fairy stories was published. Hans Christian Andersen. Born into an impoverished family in Odense, Denmark at the turn of the nineteenth century, Hans Christian Andersen wanted above all things to escape the legacy of his background, gain wealth and even more importantly, become famous. He doted on young Hans Christian, spending all his spare time handcrafting toys, making him pictures and reading aloud from La Fontaine, Holberg and The Arabian Nights. Perhaps because he was so much older than the other students he never really fitted in, and did not achieve any form of scholastic success, which in turn is probably the reason for his simplistic writing style and use of everyday spoken language.
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Fairy Stories for Children - the Genius of Hans Christian Andersen - Jonkers Rare Books
One day, two con-men arrive in town, and tell the king that they are weavers who can weave clothes that possessed an unusual quality: they became invisible to anyone who was stupid or unfit for the job they did. The swindlers set up a loom and pretend to weave, but in reality their loom remains empty and they pocket all the silk they are sent. He returns to the emperor and tells him the robes are beautiful. The swindlers demand more gold and silk, but continue to weave on an empty loom. The emperor then decides to go and see the clothes before they are completed, but he cannot see them either. Fearing he is either a fool or unfit to be emperor, he lies about it and declares them to be beautiful. When the clothes are ready, the swindlers ask the emperor to remove his old clothes so they can fit him with his new ones — but of course they only pretend to put clothes on him.
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The author writes on many subjects—some serious, some humorous and some quirky—whatever grabs his interest and makes for a good story! One was "The Little Mermaid. It was, of course, still a fairytale intended for children, but this fairytale had merits far beyond those of its humble origins.
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