Annonce
Annonce
Annonce
News in english

H.C. Andersen manuscript found by chance

“I knew I had something special in my hands, “ says the man who found Andersen’s first fairy tale.

Gem til liste

October was a special month for 72-year-old local historian Esben Brage.

Sitting in the reading room at the National Archives in Denmark’s middle island of Funen, he was flipping through hundreds of pages of the private archives of the Plum family, when he stumbled across a small, yellowed, folded piece of paper.

“I’ve had thousands of historical documents in my hands, so I’ve developed a sort of seventh sense that says ‘whoops, this is something special and not to just be put back again,’” says Brage who had ordered the collection of documents from the Central National Archives in Copenhagen.

His real interest in requisitioning the documents was his interest in a local small island and the family history of the local Plum family. The Archives had sent him four large boxes with some 1,000 documents in each box.

“I said ‘wow’ this is something unusual, and went up to the keeper of the archives with the paper. He was enthralled. He was something of an H.C. Andersen buff,” Brage says.

Faced with what appeared to be a copy, the keeper of the archives tried to find The Tallow Candle in his data base of Andersen’s works.

“He said ‘this title isn’t registered anywhere’,” Brage said.

It was not until two months later that Brage heard that his hunch had been spot on. The booklet he had found was in all probability Hans Christian Andersen’s first fairy tale, written as a young lad and dedicated to his childhood confidante Mme Bunkeflod, a close friend of the Plum family.

The manuscript is not Andersen’s original - a handwritten second dedication is from the Bunkeflods to the Plums – but it is the only copy of a fairy tale that experts say is Andersen’s first.

FACEBOOK – Follow Politiken’s News in English

PolitikenPlus
  • Aftensol over Grønland De havde været dybt inde i en fjord på den grønlandske sydvestkyst. Og besøgt en sælfangerfamilie.

    Pluspris 800 kr. Alm. pris 920 kr. Køb
  • Merry Christmas, Baby DR Big Bandet afslutter 2014 for fuld julemusik. Solisterne Sinne Eeg og Mads Mathias, som efter hånden er blevet kære gengangere med bandet, vil føre os til tops på julehumørbarometret?

    Pluspris 220 kr. Alm. pris 295 kr. Køb
  • Skænkeprop til vin Elegant dekanteringsprop lavet i glas, der passer til alle vinflasker. Proppen ilter automatisk vinen, når den serveres. Og så klæder den flasken!

    Pluspris 125 kr. Alm. pris 149 kr. Køb
  • Halstørklæde Morderne og trendy tørklæde, med et smukt leopard mønster i de flotte klassiske farver, sort, mørkegrå og lysegrå. Tørklædet er stort og fyldigt, og passer perfekt til de kolde tider.

    Pluspris 279 kr. Alm. pris 349 kr. Køb
  • DAX hvalp DAX er historien om en lille hund som ikke blot er 'Danish design' af navn. Den er rent faktisk fremstillet her i Danmark ? af træ fra bæredygtig skovdrift.

    Pluspris 545 kr. Alm. pris 645 kr. Køb