One of the most prolific and beloved writers of all time, Danish
poet and author Hans Christian Andersen is best known for
his fairy tales. Born in Odense, Denmark, in 1805, Andersen
published his first story at 17. In all, he wrote more than 150
stories before his death in 1875.
Ken Mondschein is a college professor, scholar, fencing master, jouster, and author with expertise in subjects ranging from medieval history to contemporary politics. He was a Fulbright scholar to France, received his PhD in history from Fordham University and is certified as a master of historical fencing by the US Fencing Coaches' Association. His work includes history, fencing, introductions to works of classic literature, and other projects.
Born in Denmark in 1886, Jean P. Hersholt became a film and radio star in the United States. He also translated more than 160 Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales into English.