Today's letter from the Editor
£33000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: An External Relations Executive is requi...
£25000 - £28000 per annum + 25 days holidays & pension: Ashdown Group: Web Dev...
£7 - £9 per hour: Recruitment Genius: An exciting opportunity has arisen to jo...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + Benefits: Ashdown Group: Marketing Manager (Market...
Page 3 Profile: Hans Christian Andersen, writer
Experts have found an undiscovered work?
Indeed they have, at the bottom of a filing box in Andersen's home in the Danish city of Odense. The Tallow Candle, thought to have been written by the author during his teenage years in the 1820s, is believed to be his earliest fairy tale.
What's it about?
It's the story of a dirty, misunderstood candle that gains a new lease of life when a tinder box sees the good in its heart and lights it. The candle "went on to shine for many a year, pleasing itself and the other creations around it", writes Andersen. Parallels can be drawn with Andersen's own life: the tale may have been written during his miserable time at grammar school.
Is it any good?
It's no Little Mermaid. In fact, it's a bit of an Ugly Duckling. Ejnar Stig Askgaard, one of the curators at the Hans Christian Andersen Museum in Odense, told the Associated Press: "The text is not at the level of the more mature fairy tales we know from Andersen's later writing." But he said he was convinced the manuscript was authentic. "I often get calls about stuff thought to have been off Andersen's hand. Most of the time it is not. This time I was thrilled. This is a very early attempt at prose by Andersen, who was then 18," Mr Askgaard added.
- 1 Saudi preacher who 'raped and tortured' his five -year-old daughter to death is released after paying 'blood money'
- 2 The awkward moment Sarah Palin raised $25,000 for Hillary Clinton's election campaign
- 3 Ball pool for adults opens in London
- 4 Amal Clooney gives excellent response to fashion question at European Court of Human Rights
- 5 Baldness could soon be treated using stem cells, scientists hope