Best Seller Published on May 8th

At Copenhagen City Hall Square, facing H.C. Andersens Boulevard, features a statue of Hans Christian Andersen who sits with a book. Bronze Statue by Henry Luckow-Nielsen. (Rebecca Budd Archives September 3, 2009)

Exciting News in the Fairy Tale World! A new author, H.C. Andersen has brought us the first installment of sixty-one unbound pages published May 8th. It is certain to be a blockbuster. This installment includes stories about a princess and a pea, a tinderbox and Ida’s flower.

When asked how he came up with the idea of a collection of fairy tales, H.C. Andersen noted, “Everything you look at can become a fairy tale and you can get a story from everything you touch.”

Christian Albrecht Jensen (1792–1870): Portrait of Christian Andersen 1836 (Public Domain)

“Will you continue your writing?”

H.C. Andersen nodded in the affirmative, replying, “Yes, I am working on the next series that will include my own story about a small girl called, Thumbelina. Of course, I have always been interested in miniature people.”

That is how I imagine it could have happened back in 1835, when Hans Christian Andersen set course on his destiny to be the storyteller of fairy tales. In the years that followed, he gave us 3,381 works which continues to be in the hearts and minds of children of all ages nearly 200 years after this first publication.

Andersen’s Fairy Tales speak to our hearts, offering resilience, loss, redemption, compassion and hope: “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “The Little Mermaid,” “The Nightingale,” “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Red Shoes”, “The Princess and the Pea,” “The Snow Queen,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Match Girl,” and “Thumbelina.”

I often wonder what H.C. Andersen would think, knowing that his life work inspired others to celebrate his stories in ballets, plays, and animated and live-action films. And then I remember that he believed in miracles.

“The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.”
Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen’s childhood home, Munkemøllestræde 3-5, Odense, Denmark. Andersen lived here until 1819 when he was 14 years old. (Public Domain)

The frist installment of Hans Christian Andersen “Fairy Tales” was published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark. May 8, 1835

4 Replies to “Best Seller Published on May 8th”

  1. This is fantastic, I love it! ! When you listed the beloved stories by title, I remember all of them and would really enjoy reading them all over again. Thank you for this lovable article, and the photo of him sitting with a book, a very appropriate addition to his likeness. I wonder what he is looking at–perhaps a subject for his next wonderful tale! Thank you for sharing this with us! ! !

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments. I remember when you read me the story of The Princess and the Pea. H.C. Andersen was a gift of our world.

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