literature, folklore, fiction


Translator's Note. The Danish-American author, Carl Hansen, was born in Jonstrup near Holbcek in 1860, emigrated to America in 1885, taught for a number of years at Danebod Folk School in Tyler, Minnesota, and died in Seattle in 1916. Enok Mortensen once described him as follows:

"[He] had attended university classes in Denmark and studied at the state agricultural school. He knew something about pharmacology, a lot about veterinary medicine, and much about literature and philosophy ... He was a popular teacher. Each Saturday he gave a lecture-often on classics of Danish literature, and the students sat spellbound as he read passages with almost professional histrionic artistry. Some of them wished that there were two Saturdays in a week so that they could listen to him more often. People from the community also prized not only his dramatic performance, but the practical advice he was able to give in times of illness, whether for a person or a pig.