This article asks whether and to what extent Hans Christian Andersen was a children’s author, whether his so-called fairy tales really were fairy tales, and how he should be regarded in the context of his time and of the nineteenth century as a whole. From the very beginning Andersen understood himself as a “poet” and the so-called childish tone of his fairy tales is mostly a mask, behind which a poet of high ambitions hides. Throughout his career he developed his style and genre in an ongoing quest for a hitherto unseen kind of poetry. Thus he is a forerunner of much later experiments in the history of literature.
De Mylius, Johan. "“Our time is the time of the fairy tale”: Hans Christian Andersen between Traditional Craft and Literary Modernism." Marvels & Tales 20.2 (2006). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol20/iss2/4>.