From Vulnerable to
Hans Christian Andersen was bullied for his protruding prodigious nose, his tusk-like teeth and gangly limbs. Even the headmaster tormented him. As an outlet, he took to his poems and at 22, published one in a Danish paper. This was all the encouragement he needed.
Unfortunately, his mother died in the Odense poorhouse in 1833, never to learn of her son’s meteoric rise to fame.
It was his belief in himself and his abilities that overcame the razor cuts of his life. He never let tragedy deter him, putting himself in the paths of influential people who might notice his genius. Despite countless rejections, over his 50-year career he produced 36 plays, 6 travel books, 6 novels, hundreds of poems, and nearly 170 tales and stories, notably some favorites:
- The Little Mermaid
- The Nightingale
- The Snow Queen
- Ugly Duckling
- The Emperor’s New Clothes
- The Princess and the Pea
No longer unknown, he traveled the world, dined with kings and was friends with the Brothers Grimm and Charles Dickens.
His books were made into movies, ballets, television shows, ice revues and stage musicals. He is still considered a genius today.