July 7, 2015
Denmark’s most famous Dane has been in the news as of late, 140 years (nearly to the day) since his death.
Hans Christian Andersen, beloved children’s author, novelist, poet and Danish National Treasure, lived from April 2, 1805 to August 4, 1875, yet in those 70 years left a lasting legacy that burns brightly still today.
There is the latest story of an old manuscript that was recently found in the Knuthenborg Manor House on the island of Lolland (about 116 miles south of Andersen’s hometown of Odense, Denmark). The manuscript is thought to be Andersen’s first draft of his 1861 fairy tale ‘The Psyche’. Although the work was already known, the original manuscript, with his handwritten changes, was not.
Not to be confused with the news that rocked the literary world back in 2012 when a completely unknown H.C. Andersen fairy tale was discovered. The somber tale about a lonely candle is thought to be one of his very first works, written in 1823 when he was just 18. Previously, the 1830 Danish language fairy tale “Doedningen” had long been considered his first.
Additionally, this past March The New York City Ballet announced its’ 2015-16 season, which will feature the world premiere of Justin Peck’s (City Ballet’s resident choreographer) first narrative ballet. Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairytale “The Most Incredible Thing.” The ballet will feature more than 50 dancers, including 11 children from the School of American Ballet.
Elsewhere globally, Andersen’s inspiration can also be found in the Frozen Suite at Quebec City’s Ice Hotel (‘Frozen’ is based on Andersen’s ‘The Snow Queen’), in movies such as ‘The Little Mermaid’ adaptation in the works by Sofia Coppola, and in fairy tale-inspired shows like ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ that are ever so popular these days.
It seems that good old H.C. continues to be newsworthy even today, proof that his imaginative works continue to inspire cultural and social trends.
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