The Fairy Tale Life of Hans Christian Andersen


Danish novelist Hans Christian Andersen, best known as a writer of fairy tales. Bettmann / Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

Hans Christian Andersen is often considered the father of the modern fairy tale, but his life was not the quiet existence depicted in his photos. His personal life is fairly bizarre, and he is sometimes compared to his own outcast fairy tale figures.

Topics in this Podcast: 19th century, literary history, European history, biographies, fairy tales