12 December 2012
Tallow Candle: Hans Christian Andersen's 'first work'
An early work by Hans Christian Andersen has been found at the bottom of a box near the Danish fairy tale writer's home city, experts say.
The Tallow Candle is a short story about a revered candle that becomes grimy and neglected until its inner beauty is recognised and ignited.
The ink-written manuscript is dedicated: "To Mme Bunkeflod, from her devoted HC Andersen".
Experts say it was probably written by the Ugly Duckling author in the 1820s.
Mrs Bunkeflod is thought to be a widow whom the writer visited, read to and borrowed books from as a child.
Experts told Danish daily Politiken the script is likely the copy of an original manuscript that has since been lost.
The newspaper has translated and published a version of the story in English. (...)
Read more at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-20706230