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The Life of Hans Christian Andersen
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
Christian, experiencing, fame, journeys, steam, writing, peace, social, restless, bog, fear, meek, light, recognition, insatiable, journey, Odense, Europe, reality, mold
artistically, socially, and culturally, Hans Christian Andersen was a         -breaker
"The Fairy Tale of My Life", autobiography
described himself as a       -plant which had its roots deeply anchored in mire and mud
but which reached up and stretched for the            and the sun
born in              in 1805
moved from being a poor, working-class boy to being a famous author
became quite famous but never felt         
imagination,                    faith
portrays opposites
his work innovations of genre
just as his              life contained considerable breakings of existing molds
fell in love with many women
poor most of his love into his               
never able to find inner rest in outer               
highly enthusiastic about modern technology
           engine
electromagnetism
telegraphy
traveled in a              that was becoming modern
wrote with both delight and         
"to travel is to live"
not only referring to outer                 
but traveling as a form of existence in life, always moving forward, changing,                         
a                  person, a searching artist who did not settle down or create one home for himself
many homes
home was the artistic universe and the                itself
he traveled all over Europe time and time again
something that is reflected in his novels, travel accounts, and fairy tales
He visited counts, kings and artists, locations and landscapes, because he was full of an                      thirst for experiences, often falling in love with unattainable women, and a restless longing for the inner balance he probably found in his art, but never wholly in his life
he wished to be acknowledged like a bog-plant who stretched up towards the light
and throughout his life he did rise up from his          beginnings and became famous and admired, even wealthy
yet he never managed to feel that he had gained complete                        and fame
but he never felt he had arrived at the point where he could feel at           

Ideas and Concepts:

On restlessness, via tonight's Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen class: "When Hans Christian Andersen wrote that to travel is to live, he was not only referring to outer journeys but traveling as a form of existence in life:always moving forward, changing, and experiencing. He was a restless person, a searching artist who did not settle down or create one home for himself, he had many homes, as home was for him the artistic universe and the journey itself. He traveled all over Europe time and time again, something that is reflected in his novels, travel accounts, and fairy tales. He visited counts, kings, and artists, and countless locations and landscapes because he was full of an insatiable thirst for experiences. Known for falling in love with unattainable women, he had a restless longing for the inner balance he probably found in his art, but never wholly in his life. He wished to be acknowledged like a bog-plant who was continually stretching up towards the light, and throughout his life he did rise up from his meager beginnings to become famous, admired, and even wealthy, yet he never managed to feel that he had gained complete recognition and fame, he never felt he had arrived at the point where he could feel at peace."
The Life of Hans Christian Andersen