Few writers can claim to have contributed to the world’s store of folklore, but Hans Christian Andersen, the shy and reclusive Danish writer, was one of them.
Inspired by the great tradition of The Arabian Nights and the Brothers Grimm, his magical stories continue to delight, enchant and occasionally terrify.
‘How splendid his Majesty looks in his new clothes! And how well they fit!’ everyone cried out. ‘What a design! what colours! These are indeed royal robes!’
– From ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’