Already during his life time, his fairy tales and novels were translated into multiple languages which gained him an ever rising popularity.
Sharply contrasting with his career, his personal life was never a very happy one. His love life was largely a series of unrequited love affairs and he lived alone, plagued by worries. On the positive side he had a large circle of like-minded friends.
Andersen died in 1875 and was mourned internationally.
With his fertile imagination and his - for his time - radical and modern view of art, Andersen is one of the most interesting characters in Danish cultural history and has contributed not only literary works but also drawings, paper cuttings and picture books.