For today's Trivia Tuesday, I wanted to chat a little about Hans Christian Anderson.
A lot of authors can be described as eccentric. They often have extreme desires or fears that fuel their creative processes, and Hans Christian Anderson is right up there when it comes to eccentric phobias.
The much beloved Fairy Tale author, had, by mid life, developed an overwhelming fear of death, a concern I'm sure lots of people can relate to, but perhaps not to the extremes that his anxieties took him.
Anderson was terrified of dying in general but it was the idea of being burned alive that really had him panicked. So much so, that he slept with a length of rope next to his bed for much of his life, in the hopes that it might assist an escape from a nearby window if a fire were to break out.
Fire was, unfortunately, not his only concern. Anderson, also, greatly feared being buried alive and would, along with his rope, keep a note next to his bed, informing anyone that happened along that he was merely sleeping, not dead, and should not be considered such.
I wonder how heavy a sleeper he must have been to warrant such a clarification?