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Snow Queen, The

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Snow Queen, The

Danish author Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is best known today for his fairytales, but he wrote novels, poems, plays, and travelogues as well. Andersen grew up listening to his father read to him from The Arabian Nights. After Andersen’s father died, he had to attend a school for poor children, where he received a basic education. His mother worked as washerwoman, so Andersen had to support himself by working as a weaver’s apprentice and later as a tailor. Andersen’s first tales were written in the 1820s and were based on fairytales he had heard as a child. Later, Andersen began to write original stories including “The Snow Queen,” which is the basis for the 2013 Disney film, Frozen. Andersen’s best-known fairytales include “The Snow Queen,” “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”