National Geographic : 1979 Dec
COURTESY BARBARARACKHAMEDWARDS "Trifles"- so Andersen termed the fairy tales that he dashed off between ponderous sentimental novels and travelbooks. As it turnedout, his liter ary magic worked best in the minia tureform; his longer works are rarely read today. Andersen's first thin vol ume of fairy tales appeared in 1835. Among its stories was "Little Ida's Arthur Rackham (above) shows An dersen making paper cuttings as he spins fanciful tales for little Ida Thiele, whose great-great-grand daughters, Anja and Katja (right), evoke their ancestor's memory with flowered crowns.