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Andersen's Fairy Tales and Vilhelm Pedersen's Illustrations

Andersen didn't have any intention to become a children's writer.
In 1835 he wrote to his friend that he started writing children's tales in order to try to win the younger generation.
The writer, hungry for the glory and fame, at first had no idea his stories would make him world famous.
Hans Christian Oersted said that if "The Improviser" (Andersen's first novel, 1835) had made him famous, his fairy tales would make him immortal.

Vilhelm Pedersen's Illustrations

Writing tales was pure fun for Andersen, he considered his stories as charming trifles that had no particular literary value.
In the beginning he started retelling tales he heard in childhood: "The Tinder Box", "Little Claus and Big Claus" and "The Princess and the Pea", but the forth "Little Ida's Flowers", which completed his first collection of Fairy Tales, he composed himself.
"The Travelling Companion", "Wild Swans" and "The Swineherd" were folktales, but the idea of "The Saucy Boy" was borrowed from a little poem by the Greek poet Anacreon, "The Emperor's New Suit" was an old Spanish anecdote, "The Elf of the Rose" was a retold Italian folk song. The idea of "The Flying Trunk" came from the "One Thousand and One Nights".

Vilhelm Pedersen's Illustration

The other stories completely invented by himself ("Little Tiny or Thumbelina," "The Little Mermaid", "The Goloshes of Fortune," "The Daisy," "The Brave Tin Soldier", "The Garden of Paradise", "The Storks", "Ole-Luk-Oie, the Dream God", "The Buckwheat").
The worldwide recognition came to Andersen in 1860s - that was the peak of his glory. Once he received a letter with the address on the envelope: "Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark".
During his lifetime his books were translated into Bengali.
In Andersen Museum in Odense, Denmark, there is a photo from Japan with a home altar with Andersen's portrait and a bowl of rice in front of it - according to national traditions the Japanese place rice in front of the image of the deity.

Vilhelm Pedersen (1820 - 1859) was a Danish artist, the first to illustrate Andersen's fairy tales. In 1849 5 volume collection of Andersen's stories was published with 125 illustrations by Pedersen. The Pedersen illustrations found favor with the author, and, in Denmark today, are considered inseparable from the Andersen's fairy tales.

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Vilhelm Pedersen Illustrations, Andersen Fairy Tales
Vilhelm Pedersen Illustrations, Andersen Fairy Tales
Vilhelm Pedersen Illustrations, Andersen Fairy Tales
Vilhelm Pedersen Illustrations, Andersen Fairy Tales
Vilhelm Pedersen Illustrations, Andersen Fairy Tales

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