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True Story of My Life

H. C. Andersen

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Royal, and people universally told me that it would be the best thing for me if he would interest himself on my behalf: it was either Oersted or Gutfeldt who first mentioned me to him; and now for the first time I went to that house which was to become so dear to me. Before the ramparts of Copenhagen were extended, this house lay outside the gate, and served as a summer residence to the Spanish Ambassador; now, however, it stands, a crooked, angular frame-work building, in a respectable street; an old-fashioned wooden balcony leads to the entrance, and a great tree spreads its green branches over the court and its pointed gables. It was to become a paternal house to me. Who does not willingly linger over the description of home?

I discovered only the man of business in Collin; his conversation was grave and in few words. I went away, without expecting any sympathy from this man; and yet it was precisely Collin who in all sincerity thought for my advantage, and who . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Andersen's amiable and highly sensitive personality comes through clearly and almost painfully in this autobiography, and the entire section covering his childhood and early adolescence, including his incredibly brave journey from home, is completely engaging. I loved some of the little details, suc

super boring, even for me. super self-centered, not much about his fairytales or scandinavian literature.

His story as told by himself. He travelled well and net many interesting people

ایمان این مرد برایم جذاب و ستودنی بود، و مسئله ای که در خوانش این خود نوشت برایم جالب بود، آشنایی بیشتر با روحیات یک نویسنده بود بصورت خاص

As I have a goal of going through all of his fairy tales, and have struggled some with them, I thought that reading his autobiography would perhaps help. I guess my main struggle with his writing is that he sees the veins in the leaves of the forest, as well as gives them human emotions and experien

ชีวิตของเขาก็ไม่ต่างจากเทพนิยายเท่าไรนัก
เขามีชีวิตวัยเด็กที่ยากจนที่สุด
และฝ่าฟันชีวิตมาจนประสบความสำเร็จ
นั่นทำให้นิทานของเขามีตัวละครที่หลากหลาย
มีทั้งเด็กที่ยากไร้ที่สุด มีตัวละครเป็นเจ้าชายหรือพระราชาที่ร่ำรวย
บ้างไร้แก่นสาร บ้างทำคุณประโยชน์ บ้างบูชาความรัก ฯลฯ

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It was very interesting for me to learn more about the works of Hans Christian Andersen, besides his well-known and beloved fairy tales, about the struggles he went through until he found his place in the Danish and international literature, about his travels abroad and his encounters with the great

"Life lay bright with sunshine before me."

50/50

Torn between the half of the book that is incredibly beautiful depictions of imagery and scenery of the places HCA traveled to and the little drops of inspiration for his stories.

And the other half that is needless explanations for things that don't m

An interesting insight into the life of the great author and social misfit. Hans Christian Andersen's biography helps to shed light on the inspiration for some of his fairy stories, as well as revealing his complicated and fragile personality. A useful companion for readers of his many works.

It's hard to believe you're reading a selfie here. It's more like you're in one of his stories. Beautifully written, I was completely absorbed first into 19th century Odense when HCA lived a beautiful childhood, and then through some of his travels.

I would love to re-read his stories, this time wit

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