"Hans Christian Andersen, (April 2, 1805 - August 4, 1875) was a Danish author and poet most famous for his fairy tales. ... Andersen was born in Odense, Denmark, on Tuesday, April 2, 1805. He was the son of a impoverished sickly 22-year-old shoemaker and an alcoholic laundress, several years older than her husband. ..."
Nineteenth-century Danish writer, author of dozens of fairy tales