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The worst of times: was Hans Christian Andersen the most horrendous house guest ever?

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Novelist Charles Dickens perhaps penning about his hatred of Hans Christian Andersen. 

The Danish writer's friendship with Charles Dickens was destroyed by an extended stay. 

Hans Christian Andersen wrote The Ugly DucklingThumbelina and The Little Mermaid, which has just been turned into a live action Disney film. He also managed to make an enemy out of his hero, Charles Dickens. 

Lithub's Olivia Rutiligiano joins Andrew Hansen on ABC Radio Melbourne Breakfast to explain how mutual respect turned to hatred in five very long weeks. 


  • Andrew Hansen, presenter
Melbourne, Books (Literature)