3. På skolebænken i Slagelse och Helsingør
4. Digte och Rejser
5. H.C Andersen hjemme
6. H.C. Andersen på herregårdene
7. H.C. Andersen i udlandet
Jag har ju förstått att han växte upp fattig och utan egentlig skolgång
att det var så uselt som det här beskrivs har jag inte förstått
större mirakel hur fjortonårig, efter båda föräldrarnas död, han tar sig,
till Köpenhamn, tar studenten och blir
hela världens sagofarbror är
Andersen's father, who had received an elementary education, introduced Andersen to literature, reading to him Arabian Nights. Andersen's mother, Anne Marie Andersdatter, was uneducated and worked as a washerwoman following his father's death in 1816; she remarried in 1818.
Andersen was sent to a local school for poor children where he received a basic education and was forced to support himself, working as an apprentice for a weaver and, later, for a tailor.
At 14, he moved to Copenhagen to seek employment as an actor. Having an excellent soprano voice, he was accepted into the Royal Danish Theatre, but his voice soon changed. A colleague at the theatre told him that he considered Andersen a poet. Taking the suggestion seriously, Andersen began to focus on writing.
Han måste ha varit blixtrande intelligent