Although Hans had already published his first story, “The Ghost at Palnatoke's Grave”, in 1822, it was in 1829 when “A Journey on Foot from Holmen's Canal to the East Point of Amager” was released that it gained him considerable admiration and success. Creative sparks began to take flight as he continued this great success by following with a theatrical piece, Love on St. Nicholas Church Tower, as well as a short volume of poems. Although he made little progress writing and publishing, in 1833 Hans received a traveling grant from the King. This enabled him to set out on the first of many voyages through Europe to develop his work and skill. It was that during that same year, Andersen began producing fairy tales. Despite his accomplishments as a writer to that point, Andersen did not initially attract enough success to write for children alone. Over the following decades, he continued to write for both children and adults, creating several autobiographies, travel narratives, and poetry praising the virtues of the Scandinavian people.
Upon the release of his first installment of immortal Fairy Tales, which came out in 1835, critics and consumers unfortunately overlooked many brilliant pieces. Surprisingly, this included the now-classic stories; "The Little Mermaid", “Princess and the Pea”, and even "The Emperor's New Clothes”. By 1845, English translations of Andersen's folktales and stories began to make headway for foreign audiences. In the meantime, Hans began to forge a friendship with highly acclaimed British novelist Charles Dickens. He would visit Dickens in England in 1847, then again a decade later. Andersen’s stories not only would become English-language classics, but they would also have a strong influence on subsequent British children's authors such as; A.A. Milne and Beatrix Potter. Over time, Scandinavian audiences began to discover Andersen's stories, as well as audiences throughout the United States, Asia, and across the globe.
Andersen would continue to write Fairy Tales, which he would publish in installments until 1872. Sadly, Hans sustained a serious injury in 1872 after falling from bed at his Copenhagen home. His final publication, a collection of stories, appeared the same year. Around that time, he started to show symptoms of liver cancer, which was determined to be the cause that would take his life. Hans Andersen passed away on August 4, 1875 near Copenhagen, at the home of his close friends, Moritz Melchior and his wife.