J.K. Rowling WIns Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize

October 20th, 2010 - 2:59 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

jk-rowling Oct 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) J.K. Rowling, author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series of books, has won the Hans Christian Andersen Literature Prize, making her the first ever recipient of the (£59,000 award which was given to her in a ceremony which was held in her hometown of Odense on Tuesday.

The prize is set aside for people who are comparable to the Danish Hans Christian Anderson who wrote one hundred and sixty fairy tales and poems between his birth in 1805, and his death in 1875. Rowling stated that the characters of his stories, such as “The Little Mermaid” and the “The Ugly Duckling” had “created indestructible, eternal characters.”

She has written seven books about the young wizard and has sold over four hundred million copies, translated into several languages worldwide. She was also named the most influential woman in Britain earlier in the month by the ‘National Magazine Company’. She is now listed as one of ‘Forbes’ richest women in Britain.

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