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Thursday, 13 December 2012 - 10:40
Tallow Candle: Hans Christian Andersen's 'first work'
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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.

The Tallow Candle is a short story about a revered candle that becomes grimy and neglected until its inner beauty is recognised and ignited.

Experts say it was probably written by the Ugly Duckling author in the 1820s.

Born in Odense in 1805, the son of a shoemaker and a washerwoman concentrated on poetry before his first book of fairy tales was published in 1835.

Many of Andersen's most famous works, such as the Emperor's New Clothes and the Little Mermaid, focus on perceptions of wealth and beauty - themes touched on in The Tallow Candle.

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