An early work by Hans Christian Andersen has been found at the bottom of a box. The Tallow Candle is a short story about a revered candle that becomes grimy and neglected until its inner beauty is recognised and ignited. Experts say it was probably written in the 1820s.
Many of Andersen’s most famous works, such as the Emperor’s New Clothes and the Little Mermaid, focus on perceptions of wealth and beauty, themes touched on in The Tallow Candle.
Before he died in 1875, Andersen wrote hundreds of fairy tales which have since been translated into more than 100 languages.