Hans Christian Andersen Was A Bit Of A Pervert

“They could see she was a real Princess and no question about it, now that she had felt one pea all the way through twenty mattresses and twenty more feather beds. Nobody but a Princess could be so delicate.” —Hans Christian Andersen, The Princess and the Pea

In A Nutshell

Hans Christian Andersen is one of the most important writers who ever lived. Without him we’d have no Thumbelina, no one would have heard of the Red Shoes and about 80 percent of Disney’s back catalog would be missing. He redefined written Danish and published some of the most successful children’s stories ever written . . . all while being a lonely bisexual pervert who kept a detailed diary of his self-pleasure.

The Whole Bushel

Like Charles Dickens, Hans Christian Andersen is one of those writers just about everyone has heard of. Over the course of a glittering literary career he gave the world The Little Mermaid, re-wrote the rule book on children’s stories, and became Denmark’s unofficial poet in chief. Today he’s remembered as an odd, melancholy man who refused to marry in order to stay pure. It’s a nice idea, but sadly it couldn’t be further from the truth. By all accounts (including his own), Andersen was a raging, lunatic pervert.

For one thing, he used to keep a diary in which he described, in glorious detail, whenever he masturbated—using a “+” symbol to denote a particularly good one. And Andersen masturbated a lot. After receiving visitors, he’d frequently nip upstairs to get a little DIY in, picturing his unsuspecting caller. For another, he used to visit brothels in Copenhagen where he’d simply chat to the prostitutes before running home to finish himself off (all described in delightful detail in his diary).

Nor did Andersen regulate his desires to one gender. It’s widely accepted he was bisexual, with an unfortunate twist. Although he enjoyed adult women, Andersen was particularly enthralled by young boys. During his stay with Charles Dickens in 1857, he requested to be shaved by one of Dickens’ young sons every morning, a request the British author grumpily turned down. It’s said he spent his life filled with “tortuous unrequited sexual yearnings” for young men, yearnings he possibly had to alleviate with a pornography addiction. For all he may have written some of the most incredible stories ever recorded, it turns out that Hans Christian Andersen was simply one perverted guy.

Show Me The Proof

The Independent: A tale of two writers
The Guardian: The perverse side of Hans Christian Andersen
Outrage at proposals for Hans Christian Andersen ‘Gay Week’

  • Arjan Hut

    Anybody else picture Danny Kaye while reading this?

    • Katrina Maree

      Sadly yes and the guy who played Peter

    • Kristian Tvesjå

      Do you know of any incidents/accusations?
      The only reason I picked up on him is that I saw him in a norwegian talkshow [I’m a native] from ’73, and it is very cringeworthy. Savile would be proud! He’s absolutely mezmerized by kids. Grabs the thighs of underages from behind while barking and deals out loads of kisses to 5 year olds, possibly smacking a butt. How glad they should be for not knowing what kind of predator he might be. I don’t want to cast a blame, but something really hurt watching his blatant disrespect of peoples private zone, and the hunger in his eyes.
      Go to 18:55 for the introduction – straight onto the kids before greeting the host. Wind forward to see strange demeanors, and the barking at 27:27. With no apparent boundaries on national TV, what happened in privacy back in Hollywood?


  • inconspicuous detective

    again, everyone in history had their quirks. nobody was perfect. i dunno why we put people on a pedestal, but the facts should be known of all people instead of glorifying them right away. good article, morris.

    • P5ychoRaz

      People do the same with pro athletes – stick these, young, impressionable, KIDS into a uniform and million dollar contract and everyone is SHOCKED when they do something stupid; almost like we have an impossibly high image of these people as soon as they step on the court. Everyone’s a POS to me until you prove me different.

      • inconspicuous detective

        this is especially prevalent with athletes. i’m sick and tired of watching them get away with bloody murder (hernandez is the rare exception: ray lewis, oj simpson…the rule).

  • Markharr

    Aren’t we all?

  • Andy West

    I like that you state in the title he was ‘a bit of a pervert’, and seem to have come to the conclusion at the end of the first paragraph that he was ‘a raging, lunatic pervert.’

  • The Ou7law

    What guy isn’t a pervert from time to time, we think with one head and one head only

    • Angel

      Do you get off thinking about young boys? There is a huge difference between being a perv and being
      borderline pedophile

      • The Ou7law

        What the fuck are you talking about? Your just foul, get your head out of the gutter ya sick fuck

        • Steph

          “Andersen was particularly enthralled by young boys.” I think what Angel meant is that it is one thing to be pervy, it’s a whole ‘nother to be pervy towards boys.

          • The Ou7law

            Thanks Stephy

  • Da Silva

    So?.. You only care about being controversial Morris. Youre so fake..

  • BT

    Rather mean spirited. I’m assuming he never hurt anyone else directly. But a confused sexual identity and an addiction to masturbation (probably because of the ensuing frustration) – does not make one a pervert. Especially not a raging lunatic one.

    • Anon0o0

      and his outlet was writing…great writing…does that make all writers pedo, sadists, masochists, etc?

  • Ray

    Morris M. Is a perverted pedophile too, but never wrote anything good.

  • Hadeskabir

    He does have the face of a child molestor. But pervert or not I love his stories, I grew up with them.

  • Marozia

    Which part of his body did he want Dickens’ son to shave?

    • proq1

      his ball sack

  • Hexele

    wow this article is pretty biphobic. “all while being a lonely bisexual pervert” Because perversion naturally follows bisexuality/or bisexuality is a perversion!! “Nor did Andersen regulate his desires to one gender” BECAUSE THAT IS FUCKING POSSIBLE??? *should* bisexuals pretend to be monosexuals in order not to be called perverts???
    Call him a pervert all you want based on manic masturbation and pedophilia. Do not list a genuine sexual orientation with a lot of different facets belonging to a lot of different kind of people with a lot of different libidos/attitudes towards sex as a PERVERSION. Thanks.

    • Mom424

      And from all accounts didn’t act on his pedophilia urges; at least outwardly. So there’d be no harm to anyone. Seems to me the guy is more deserving of our pity than our derision.

  • Stanislaw Twitchymeat

    Despite him being a perv, at least he wasn’t going around and raping anything that moved. Gotta give him some credit for that.

  • Allycur

    I’m guessing most people assume his genitals were to be shaved, but I’m assuming the cited information doesn’t record it or this article author intentionally left it out so we can assume the worst.

    And also, everyone, it was normal for men to have interest in young people. Does no one like to remember how girls use to be married off at 12-14(husbands were generally 15-40)? Young boy can mean anywhere from 8-18. If we were addressing it in a pedophile sense, we’d be saying male child. So it’s highly possible Hans was attracted to 12 year old boys… which, given the time period, is not a weird age. The sexual orientation would’ve been disgusting, but not the choice of age. This article doesn’t mention that he was recorded as being feminine in his youth(early teens) and people often “making sure” he was a boy… by taking his pants off. It’s highly possible that could have planted the seeds for his interest in boys.

    Again, this article was intended to be this vague so people can assume the worst or the information sources were poor. Best to research yourself than to rely on anything written by a single person. Especially when it puts him in such a bad light.

  • Robert Adler

    Since when is masturbation and bisexual or pansexual fantasies “perverted”?! Read more Alfred Kinsey and Sigmund Freud. It’s actually the most normal human thing.