Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875)

Death: 4th August 1875
Location: Assistens Kirkegården, Copenhagen, Denmark
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Danish author and poet most famous for his fairy tales. His passion for literature was evident at an early age; he would put on performances of plays by Shakespeare using his toy theatre. He had to start work aged eleven, when his father died, and had various jobs, including working in a cigarette factory.
He moved to Copenhagen when he was fourteen and was admitted to the Royal Danish Theatre, it was at this time that he began to try writing poetry. His first book was not published until 1835, but it was an immediate success; however the quality of the first volume of fairy tales that he published the same year was not initially recognised, but their fame grew steadily and he published more in 1838 and 1845, becoming known throughout Europe.