Benny Andersen (born 7 November 1929 in Vangede), is a Danish song-writer, poet, author, composer and pianist. He is the most widely read, most often sung and best loved of modern Danish lyricists, often associated with his collaboration with Povl Dissing; together they released an album with Andersen's poems from the collection Svantes viser, Povl Dissing were singing. This album with Svantes viser has been canonized by the Danish Ministry of Culture in the category Popular music. His collected poems (Samlede digte) have sold over 100,000 copies. His best known work is Svante's Songs (Svantes viser) from 1972, which is included in the Danish Culture Canon.
In 1971 he was awarded with the Ministry of Culture's children book prize (Kulturministeriets Børnebogspris).
He has been a member of the Danish Academy (det Danske Akademi) since 1972.
This is a part of Andersen's work:
- Den musikalske ål (poems), 1960.
- Kamera med køkkenadgang (poems), 1962.
- Bukserne, (short story), 1963.
- Nikke Nikke Nambo og andre danske børnerim og remser, 1963.
- Den indre bowlerhat (poems), 1964.
- Portrætgalleri (poems), 1966.
- Et lykkeligt menneske, 1968.
- Det sidste øh og andre digte (poems), 1969.
- Her i reservatet (poems), 1971.
- Svantes viser, Borgen, 1972
- Personlige papirer (poems), 1974
- Under begge øjne (poems), 1978
- Himmelspræt (eller kunsten at komme til verden) (poems), 1979
- Tiden og storken (poems), 1985.
- H.C. Andersens land (poems), 1990.
- Chagall og skorpiondans (poems), 1991.
- Denne kommen og gåen (poems), 1993.
- Mit liv som indvandrer (poems), 1993
- Verdensborger i Danmark (poems), 1995.
- Verden udenfor syltetøjsglasset (poems), 1996.
- Sjælen marineret (poems), 2001.
- Svantes lykkelige dag, 2003.
- Samlede noveller (short stories), 2003.
- Spredte digte (poems), 2005.
- Den Vilde Ungdom (poems), 2005.
- Kram (poems), 2009
- Den nøgne mand., (poems) 2010
- Biography from biografi.dk (in Danish).[dead link]
- Benny Andersen - Biography from Litteratur.dk (in Danish).
- Benny Andersen - Literature prizes (in Danish).
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