Saturday, August 4, 2018

Remembering Hans Christian Andersen ? Resources for schools !

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen
credits: Corbis

Hello! Today, August 4, we are honouring Hans Christian Andersen's anniversary of his death in 1875. He died on this day at his home in Rolighed, Danemark. 

Hans Christian Andersen's fairy tales and stories (about 190 in all, written 1835-72) are addressed to both adults and children and are stylistically and thematically deeply original. 

The special quality in his fairy tales is precisely the combination of poetry, fantasy tale and everyday reality.

Best Fairy Tales
H.C. Andersen
London James Burns edition

Best Fairy Tales
H.C. Andersen
translation by Jean Hersholt 
& illustrated by various artists, with an afterword by Ned Halley, 2016

In addition he wrote novels, travel accounts, he spent a large part of his life travelling abroad - Andersen visited Portugal (Lisbon, Sintra, Coimbra and Aveiro in 1866) - poems and works for the theatre, including libretti for operas and ballad operas. 

"Como tem este país todos os encantos !
Da Dinamarca, a terra, as searas, os verdes campos,
O cacto, a oliveira, no Sul abundante,
Ares tão puros, raios de sol brilhantes."

Hans Christian Andersen, visit to Portugal in 1866

Hans Christian Andersen's visit to Portugal 1866
credits: Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

Although Hans Christian Andersen's work has its roots in Romanticism he is a modern spirit thanks to his social experience, his psychological insight, his belief in progress and industrial development. The special quality in his fairy tales is also precisely the combination of poetry, fantasy tale and everyday reality.

The only picture book made by Hans Christian Andersen

Here the unique work never published or previously offered for sale. It was consigned to a Copenhagen saleroom by a descendant of Marie Henriques (d.1944), the Danish child who received the picture book from the author for her third birthday (the lot came with a birthday letter from Andersen). Later, this child became a painter.

The only picture book made by Hans Christian Andersen

The picture book was made by H. C. Andersen in the period 1868-1869. It is a very soul picture book. Above the signature page with an original handwritten and signed by the author, dated Basnæs , June 26, 1869. The picture book is 168 pages with a lot of illustrations, in the form of paper clips, collages, drawings, clips, stamps, photographs.

The only picture book made by Hans Christian Andersen

Andersen was an artist not only in words. As a child he made costumes for puppets. Later in life he created imaginative, colourful collage, together with exquisite papercuts of swans, ballet dancers, courtladies and other figures to amuse the children at the Danish manor houses where he was often a guest.

Resources: films

Hans Christian Andersen, My Life is a Fairy Tale, familiar, fiction biography, 2003.

Hans Christian Andersen : My Life is a Fairy Tale
Philipp Saville, film 2003
A fictionalized story of the young life of Hans Christian Andersen, a young man with a penchant for storytelling but struggles to find his place in the world and gain the affection of the woman he adores. Interspersed throughout are brief interludes of the stories that will make Hans famous (The Nightingale, The Little Mermaid and The Snow Queen to name a few), which are intertwined with the events that surround his own life.

Age: 7-11

Hans Christian Andersen 
classical film, 1952

Hans Christian Andersen, classical film, musical, biography, 1952

The opening credits of this fanciful 1952 Samuel Goldwyn-produced for Danny Kaye say it all: ‘Once upon a time there lived in Denmark a great storyteller named Hans Christian Andersen. This is not the story of his life, but a fairy tale about this great spinner of fairy tales.’

Age: 5-10

Version en français: 

Le monde merveilleux de Hans Christian Andersen
Philipp Saville, film 2003

Le Monde merveilleux de  Hans Christian Andersen, familiale, biographie fiction, 2003.

Hans Christian Andersen a créé un monde imaginaire fantastique. A 15 ans, fils unique d'une pauvre famille danoise, Hans vit lui-même dans un monde de fantaisie. Il part pour Copenhague, où, lui a-t-on dit, les rêves peuvent devenir réalité. Il y est recueilli par Jonas Collin, un homme riche et distingué, charmé par ce curieux jeune homme qui transforme tout ce qu'il voit en d'extraordinaires contes de fées...

Other Resources: 

The Life of H.C. Andersen

"My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident."

Hans Christian Andersen

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