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Little Mermaid, The

About the Story

Little Mermaid, The Danish writer and poet Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) wrote “The Little Mermaid” in 1836, and the story was published as part of a collection of fairy tales entitled Fairy Tales Told for Children in 1837. Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark and was an only child. Andersen’s father introduced Andersen to The Arabian Nights, spurring Andersen’s love for fairytales. Andersen’s father died in 1816 and his mother was forced to work as a washer woman to support herself and Andersen. Andersen attended a school for poor children, where he received only a basic education. He then worked as an apprentice to a weaver and a tailor. Despite his humble beginnings, Andersen became known for his children’s stories and has now become one of the greatest children’s writers of all time, with his stories having been translated into more than 150 languages. “The Little Mermaid” is one of Andersen’s best-loved stories and has spurred numerous film and stage adaptations. Some of his other well-known fairytales include “The Emperor’s New Clothes,” “Thumbelina,” “The Princess and the Pea,” and “The Ugly Duckling.”


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