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How Guest Hans Christian Andersen Destroyed His Friendship With Dickens
Letters by Charles Dickens (pictured) sold at auction revealed his displeasure at hosting Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.

It was not, to say the least, a successful visit. The burgeoning friendship between a pair of literary stars, Charles Dickens and Hans Christian Andersen, had looked set to last. But it could not survive an overlong stay by the Danish author at the British novelist’s family home in Kent. Just how bad things became, on one side at least, has been revealed by a surprisingly frank letter sold at auction on Saturday.

Full The Guardian article HERE

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I can't help but feel they deserved each other. I find both of them dreadful people.

Seemingly had a problem from women, stemming from his mother then extended to his wife.

Dickens? Yes.
And I think Andersen had been screwed up by growing up in a homophobic Lutheran culture. Stories like The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid are heavily influenced through the experience of being the rather camp misfit in a rough family. But the self-pity is off-putting, even if one understands why it happened.

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