Hans Christian Anderson

Hans Christian Anderson was born in Denmark in 1805. He was the son of a poor shoemaker. His father died when he was only 11 years old. He attended the city school for poor children. When he was 14 years old, he left home looking for a job and he nearly starved without money to buy food. Later he got a Royal Scholarship to study. He wrote 168 fairy tails and folk tails. These books have been read all over the world. They are simple, humourous stories. Some of the tales are : The Tinder Box, Little Claus and Big Claus, The travelling Companion. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is very popular among children and adults. He died in 1875.