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December 17, 2014

Literary Landmarks: Hans Christian Andersen Boyhood Home

Hans Christian Andersen Home In 1807 when he was two the Andersen family moved into what he would describe as his childhood home in Odense on the island of Funen in Denmark. Hans Christian Andersen and his family would go on to live here from 1807-1819. This tiny house was shared by 3 families (12 people). The house was crowded beyond belief and there was a complete lack of privacy. It is believed that this complete lack of privacy helped to develop his unique imagination and love of stories as he escaped into the privacy of his mind.

For more information click here: H.C. Andersen Museum, or click here for books by Hans Christian Andersen and here for Children's Fairy Tales.

On This Day:
  • On Shakespeare, John Milton's first published poem, appears anonymously in second folio of Shakespeare's works, 1632
  • Milton publishes Comus (1637), and Lycidas (1638)
  • Chekhov's play The Seagull is revived in Moscow, 1898
  • Edgar Rice Burroughs completes his novel Nu of the Neocene, 1913
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  • Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827), German composer - Ode to Joy, Missa Solemnis, Grosse Fuge, Piano Concertos
  • Thomas Chandler Haliburton (1796-1865), Canadian jurist and author (The Clockmaker, Sam Slick)
  • John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892), American poet and abolitionist
  • Sylvia Ashton-Warner (1908-1984), New Zealand writer, noted for teaching methods for Maori children
  • Solomon Adeboye Babalola (b. 1926), Nigerian poet and scholar, noted for oral poetry form Yoruba ijala
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