Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Hans Christian Andersen died on this day in 1875. He was 70 years-old. He'd gone to live with some friends on the coast of Denmark. On the morning he died he was served breakfast in bed, but was found a little while later, still in bed. In his hand was a love letter that had been written to him 45 years before. Like so many of his stories, his own life ended ironically and unrequited. Hans Christian Andersen appears five times in A Book of Ages.