What made Hans Christian Andersen so popular in his day was not his revolutionary tales but his bitter irony and compromising ideology. His quest to establish genuine and unusual are as an independent artist was hampered almost from the beginning by his fear to be independent. Ironically, it is this troubled state of mind recorded in some of his more daring tales, that may constitute his appeal as a modernist writer, or to be more precise, the failed revolutionary.
Zipes, Jack. "Critical Reflections about Hans Christian Andersen, the Failed Revolutionary." Marvels & Tales 20.2 (2006). Web. <http://digitalcommons.wayne.edu/marvels/vol20/iss2/8>.