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Mary Howitt


(1799 - 1888)

Mary Howitt

Mary Howitt was born Mary Botham. She was a prolific English author of children’s books and poetry. She learned Danish specifically in order to translate Hans Christian Andersen. She and Andersen were friends and he was pleased with her translation.


Danish Fairy Legends and Tales (1846)

This is the first English edition of any of Andersen’s tales and includes fourteen, among which are The Wild Swans, The Ugly Duckling, and The Little Mermaid. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): Hans Christian Andersen
Illustrator(s): None

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