Wednesday, June 17, 2009

even geniuses have quirks

I love reading fairy-tales, and Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) is one of my favorite story tellers (The Emperor's New Clothes, The Ugly Duckling). So I was interested to learn that this poetic genius had some quirky traits of his own. Apparently he always carried a thick rope with him on his travels to help him escape from hotel fires. This infamous rope is rumored to be on display at the Hans Christian Andersen museum in Odense, Denmark, which is now on my list of places to see.
(Image from: The World Treasury of Children's Literature, The Emperor's New Clothes. Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1984).

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