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Admiration for Hans Christian Andersen

‘I never dreamed of so much happiness when I was the Ugly Duckling.’ ‘The Ugly Duckling’

Andersen’s later years brought him the recognition for which he had always longed. He was feted at home and abroad, awarded many honorary titles and in constant demand to read his stories. Yet he always felt that acknowledgement at home had been harder to win than fame abroad, so he was particularly pleased when Georg Brandes, a young Danish critic, wrote a series of influential essays in praise of his work.

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Death of Andersen. Illustreret Tidende (15 August, 1875). British Library F.1051, vol. 15/16 (1873-75)
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As an elderly man, he valued the friendship of two prominent Copenhagen families, the Melchiors and the Henriques. With them, he found the acceptance he had never fully experienced with the Collins or elsewhere. He died at the Melchiors’ villa, near Copenhagen, on 4 August 1875.

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