Though the emperor banishes the nightingale in preference for a jeweled mechanical imitation, the little bird remains faithful and returns years later when the emperor is near death and no one else can help him.
Hans Christian Andersen was born in 1805 in Odense, Denmark. Andersen became famous for his collection of 156 fairy tales: his were the most important art fairy tales of the Biedermeier period. He died in 1875 in Copenhagen.
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