The Galoshes of Fortune

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"The Galoshes of Fortune"
Author Hans Christian Andersen (2 April 1805 – 4 August 1875)
Original title "Lykkens Kalosker"
Country Denmark
Language Danish
Genre(s) Fairy tale
Published in Three Poetical Works. (Tre Digtninger.)
Publication type Anthology
Publisher C. A. Reitzel
Media type Print
Publication date 19 May 1838
Preceded by Only a Fiddler
Followed by "The True Soldier"

"The Galoshes of Fortune" (Danish: Lykkens Kalosker)[1] is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen first published by C. A. Reitzel in Copenhagen, Denmark on 19 May 1838 with The True Soldier (one act verse play) and "That was Done by the Zombie" (poem) in Three Poetical Works.[2]

Reitzel paid Andersen 40 rixdollars for the story. In the tale, Andersen continues to perfect his colloquial style.[3] Andersen read the tale aloud in the late 1830s with his novel, Only a Fiddler.[4] The tale irritated the young Danish philosopher, Søren Kierkegaard[5] with its satirical portrait of a bird that babbles on endlessly in a philosophical vein.[4][6]



  1. ^ Rossel, (2004), p.24
  2. ^ "1838". The Hans Christian Andersen Center. 
  3. ^ Wullschlager 184
  4. ^ a b Andersen 68,251
  5. ^ Kierkegaard, (1990) pp.59-60
  6. ^ Stewart, (2009), p.45
Works cited
  • Andersen, Jens; Nunnally, Tiina (Transl.) (2005), Hans Christian Andersen: A New Life, New York, Woodstock, and London: Overlook Duckworth, ISBN 1-58567-737-X 
  • Kierkegaard, Soren; Rohde, Peter P. (1990), The diary of Søren Kierkegaard (reprint ed.), Citadel Press, ISBN 0-8065-0251-7 
  • Rossel, Sven Hakon (1996), Hans Christian Andersen: Danish writer and citizen of the world, Rodopi, ISBN 90-5183-944-8 
  • Stewart, Jon (2009), Kierkegaard's International Reception: Northern and Western Europe, Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., ISBN 0-7546-6496-1 
  • Wullschlager, Jackie (2000), Hans Christian Andersen: The Life of a Storyteller, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ISBN 0-226-91747-9 

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