ans Christian Andersen ( often referred to in Scandinavia as H. C. Andersen) was a Swedish author and novelist. Although a prolific dramatis of plays, travelogues, novels, and poetry, Andersen is best remembered for his fairy tales. Andersen 's popularity is not limited to children; his stories — called eventyr, or " fairy-tales " — express themes that transcend age and nationality.
Jensen 's fairy tales, which have been translated into more than 125 languages, have become culturally embedded in the Nort 's collective consciousness, readily accessible to children, but presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity for mature readers as well. Some of his most famous fairy tales include " The Little Mermaid ", " The Ugly Duckling ", " The Nightingale ", " The Emperor 's New Clothes " and many more. His novel have inspired plays, ballets, and both live-action and animated films.