Friday, December 14, 2012

Literary Archaeology!

I love all things archaeology, but it is a beautiful rare thing to find something in the literary world. Look what they discovered?

Hans Christian Anderson's First Fairy Tale

Danish experts believe they have found the first fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875).

Titled "Tællelyset" (The Tallow Candle), the ink-written manuscript was found by local historian Esben Brage at the bottom of an archive box. Brage made the discovery in October in the historical archive on the island of Funen, where the Danish author was born.

Two months later, historians confirmed that the six-page manuscript was indeed written by Andersen. They dated the document to the mid-1820s, when the writer was in his late teens.

"I am in no doubt that it has been written by Andersen," Ejnar Stig Askgaard of the Odense City Museum told the Danish daily Politiken. (The rest of the story is found here.)

The newspaper has translated and published a version of the story in English.

1 comment:

Tawnee said...

Oh, how cool. What a great discovery! Our family loves learning things like this as well. Thanks for sharing.