Hans Christian Andersen

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 (1805-1875) have been 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.

Producer: Marijke van der Meer

Broadcast: December  20,1996