Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Statue in Copenhagen of The Little Mermaid, inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s story (© Flickr/ Brando)

From The Ugly Ducking to The Emperor’s New Clothes, the timeless tales by Hans Christian Andersen are told, read and filmed worldwide. But perhaps Denmark’s most famous author is misunderstood, because he is also the author of 42 quite grown-up plays, travelogues, 12 volumes of diaries, poetry, 14 novels and one autobiography.

Produced and presented by Marijke van der Meer on the occasion of Copenhagen’s selection as European Cultural Capital of 1996.

Broadcast in Euroquest 20 December 1996