Hans Christian Andersen
Bio: (1805-1875), a Danish author, is best known as a master of fairy tales and other fiction. He published many collections including, "Tales, Told for Children" (1835), "A Picture-book Without Pictures" (1840), and "New Fairy Tales and Stories" (1858-1872). Andersen's work combines superb storytelling with natural, informal language. His stories always retain a child's perspective. Many of his themes are inspirational, but just as many reflect a concern for the outcast and come out of the natural pessimism he formed as a poor child. Andersen created some of the best known fairy tales: "The Princess and the Pea," "The Little Mermaid," "Little Tiny or Thumbelina," and "The Ugly Duckling." The fables are endlessly retold in multiple formats.