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Hans Christian Anderson Revealed to Be Common Tale's Author

Posted: Jan. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse

The literary and folk lore world about Copenhagen has exploded into a flurry of research and discussion as a recent discovery pins the authorship of a famous fairy tale on the same author of the original “Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling:” one Hans Christian Anderson. The hand written copy of the original manuscript serves as fairly conclusive evidence of his original authorship, and has set the literary world ablaze.

For years, the somber fairy tale about a lonely candle that wanted to be lit dwelt in oblivion at the bottom of a box in Denmark's National Archives. Its recent discovery has sent ripples through the literary world because it is believed to be one of the first tales ever written by Hans Christian Andersen.


The famed Dane wrote nearly 160 fairy tales in his life, including classics such as "The Ugly Duckling" and "The Little Mermaid." The tale of the candle may have been written when he was still a teen, experts say.


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