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Emperor's Hot New Duds!, The

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Emperor's Hot New Duds!, The

Danish writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) published “The Emperor’s New Clothes” in Copenhagen, Denmark, as part of a collection of fairy tales entitled Fairy Tales Told for Children (1835). The phrase “emperor’s new clothes” is now widely used to describe collective denial, hypocrisy, or pomposity and has come to describe a logical fallacy in which no one in the group believes, but the group members think everyone else in the group believes. Andersen has become one of the greatest children’s writers of all time and his stories have been translated into more than 150 languages. Some of his other famous tales include “The Little Mermaid,” “Thumbelina,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Ugly Duckling.”