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JACKIE WULLSCHLAGER

Jackie Wullschlager
Jackie Wullschlager, born 1962, is a scholar of language and literature from Oxford. Since 1986, she has worked as a literature and arts critic for the Financial Times. In 1995, she published her acclaimed Inventing Wonderland about Victorian and Edwardian children's book authors from Lewis Carroll to A.A. Milne. In 2000, Jackie Wullschlager published the acclaimed biography Hans Christian Andersen - The Life of a Storyteller. In 2002, Jackie Wullschlager received the Hans Christian Andersen Award.

Jackie Wullschlager's statement:
"Although he chose to work on a miniaturist's scale, Hans Christian Andersen is one of the great figures of world literature. His achievement in creating fairy tales of a resonance and depth which match the mythic power of ancient, anonymous folk lore, has never been equalled.  His tales are part of our collective consciousness, with stories such as The Emperor's New Clothes and The Ugly Duckling bywords for aspects of the human condition. He pioneered children's literature, on which his humour and fantasy had an inestimable influence. All these unique achievements made me want to explore his life and work, yet as his biographer the greatest privilege was to be in the company of such a vividly individual artist, whose sense of the rich adventure of life, its joys and bitterness, floods through every line he wrote, and makes his stories timelessly consoling and enlightening not only to his child but also to his adult readers."