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December 5, 2016

Literary Landmarks: Hans Christian Andersen Boyhood Home

Hans Christian Andersen Home In 1807 when he was two the Andersen family moved into what he would describe as his childhood home in Odense on the island of Funen in Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen and his family would go on to live here from 1807-1819. This tiny house was shared by 3 families (12 people). The house was crowded beyond belief and there was a complete lack of privacy. It is believed that this complete lack of privacy helped to develop his unique imagination and love of stories as he escaped into the privacy of his mind.

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  • Sir Ahmed Salman Rushdie, Indian British novelist and essayist (Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses, The Ground Beneath Her Feet) and Booker Prize winner, appears in public for first time in 2 years after being ordered to death by Iran for blasphemy, 1990
  • Richard Waring (born Brian Barton-Chapple), British television sitcom scriptwriter (Marriage Lines, Prunella Scales, Not in Front of the Children), dies at age 69, 1994
  • Ronald Ridout, English writer of school textbook (English Today, Books 1 - 5, Macmillan Dictionary of English Proverbs Explained, Ridout Pocket Spelling Dictionary), dies at age 78, 1994
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