From the Hans Christian Andersen biography "The Life of Hans Christian Andersen. Day By Day", written by DPhil Johan de Mylius:


Criticism by Søren Kierkegaard

1838: Criticism by Søren Kierkegaard

2nd July - 6th August

Summer journey to Nysø, Odense and Sorø. At Nysø, staying with Baroness Stampe, HCA spends time with Henriette Wulff and her brother Christian. Tension develops. The Wulff family are old friends of the Stampes and this is how HCA is introduced as a guest at Nysø Estate.
Baroness Stampe, moreover, buys the portrait of HCA painted by C.A. Jensen, which had been exhibited at Charlottenborg in the spring. At this exhibition there had also been a bust of HCA, made by Jens Adolf Jerichau.

6 September

Release of Søren Kierkegaard's debut book: Af en endnu Levendes Papirer (From The Notes of One Still Living). The book is a lengthy and in-depth criticism of Kun en Spillemand (Only a Fiddler) and of HCA's abilities as a novelist in general. Kierkegaard denies that HCA has any aptitude as a novelist and accuses him of not having "philosophy of life". HCA had already heard rumours of the book on 30th August and felt martyred at the thought of what lay ahead.

Autumn 1838

Release of the first Dutch translation of HCA's work.Only a Fiddler was published as 't was maar een speelman. Amsterdam. There is no date or mention of translator.


The Collin family move from the street named Bredgade to Amaliegade.

17 September

Thorvaldsen, who now returns to Denmark, arrives in Copenhagen. HCA accompanies Heiberg, Overskou, Hertz and Holz in the poet's boat, to greet Thorvaldsen. Oehlenschläger is also on the boat as it returns.

18 September

Visits Thorvaldsen.

19 September

Writes a poem for Thorvaldsen.

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