Tuesday 17 October 2017

'Andersen fairy tale' discovered

A newly found manuscript which is thought to be a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (AP)
A newly found manuscript which is thought to be a fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen (AP)

A Danish historian has discovered a copy of what is believed to be a previously unknown fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen.

Esben Brage said he found the six-page text in early October while searching in the National Archives through boxes that had belonged to wealthy families from Andersen's home town of Odense in central Denmark.

The handwritten tale entitled Tallow Candle, which was dedicated to a widow who had lived across from Andersen, had been left seemingly untouched at the bottom of one of the boxes.

Andersen expert Ejnar Stig Askgaard said this is likely to be one of Andersen's earliest works, written seven years before his official debut.

Born in 1805, Andersen wrote nearly 160 fairy tales including The Ugly Duckling and The Little Mermaid.

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