Andersen in 1874. Photographed by Georg E. Hansen. Kilde: Det Kongelige Bibliotek
The author: Dr Elias Bredsdorff, who is Reader in Scandinavian Studies in the University of Cambridge and Head of the Department of Scandinavian Studies there, is the author of a book on Andersen and Dickens (published in Danish in 1951, in English in 1956) and of a book on Andersen and Britain (Copenhagen 1954), as well as of a number of essays and articles on Hans Christian Andersen in English. In 1955 he organized a Hans Christian Andersen Jubilee Exhibition at the National Book League in London, and in the spring of this year a new book by him, entitled Hans Christian Andersen: The Story of his Life and Work, will be published simultaneously in London and New York. In 1973 Dr Bredsdorff was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Prize.