The Little Mermaid: A Gay Love Letter

DID YOU KNOW:

The Little Mermaid was written as a love letter by Hans Christian Andersen to Edvard Collin. Andersen, upon hearing of Collin’s engagement to a young woman, proclaimed his love to him. He told him ”I long for you as though you were a beautiful Calabrian girl.” Edvard Collin turned Andersen down, disgusted. Andersen then wrote The Little Mermaid to symbolize his inability to have Collin just as a mermaid cannot be with a human. He sent it to Collin in 1936 and it goes down in history as one of the most profound love letters ever written.

Most scholars and psychoanalysts concluded that Andersen was bisexual; however, he never acted upon his homosexual drives. 

The Little Mermaidas it was originally written, did not have a happy ending.

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