Vilhelm Bergsøe, Danish writer, entomologist and autobiographer (1835-1911). After a dissertation on the termites, he turned to popular science writing. Constant use of the microscope proved to be detrimental to his already weak vision. In the spring of 1861, during a stay in Hellebæk, he suffered a severe eye infection, and in hope of healing he traveled to Italy that same autumn. The journey gave great results both for his health and scientific education and laid the foundation for his confidentiality with Italian nature and life. After a thesis on the swordfish sideline parasite Philichthys Xiphiæ, in 1867 his illness broke out again and his most significant period of poetic writing came along, above all the great novels that were dictated, he published one of the most read Danish novels (also widely read in Sweden and Germany), Fra Piazza del Popolo. His Jules Verne’s style science fiction novel Flying Fish “Prometheus” was translated into English in 2015.
Dorthe Nors is a Danish writer. She was born in 1970 and holds a degree in literature and art history from the University of Aarhus. She published four novels, a novella and a collection of short stories titled Kantslag (Karate Chop) that was translated into many languages and was hailed by the critics. Stories from this collection have been published in various magazines such as The Boston Review, Harper’s, and The New Yorker. Her stories were also published in various anthologies in Denmark, as well as in Germany and the United States. In 2014 she received the Per Olov Enquist Literary Prize. Her latest novel will be published in the near future. Dorthe Nors lives in Denmark, in a small village by the North Sea.
“The Little Mermaid” and “The Ugly Duckling,” “The Golden Heart Flower” and “The New King’s Clothes” are just a mere few of the rich body of work of Hans Christian Andersen. Andersen was born in 1805 in a poor neighborhood in Udense, Denmark, to a father who was a shoe repairer and to a mother who was a laundry woman. Andersen began working at an early age to support the family, and at the age of 14 moved to Copenhagen to become an actor. In 1833 he traveled Europe and made put his travel impressions on paper. In 1835 he published his first work, The Improvisatore (Improvisatoren), an autobiographical novel which described a child who comes from a background of poverty and enters the gates of society. With his success, Andersen began publishing his children’s tales every year at Christmas, and the last volume was published on Christmas Day in 1872. The same year Andersen was seriously injured after falling out of bed. In 1875 Andersen died at the age of seventy.