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Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid

Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid


Originally shared by Ed Pearce

The Little Mermaid, Hans Christian Anderson’s delightful account of the mermaid who wanted to be a whole human, was first published on April 7, 1837. Critics hated Hans Christian Andersen’s early fairy tales, so he delayed publishing The Little Mermaid for a year.

Picture shows original Little Mermaid manuscript, last page

Anderson wrote 168 fairy tales all of them written with simplicity and wisdom. Many of their moral meanings were intended for adults. The great Dane himself did not rate his fairy tales very highly.

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