Ivana Brlić-Mažuranić

Ivana Brlić Mažuranić (18 April, 1874 – 21 September, 1938) was a Croatian writer. Within her native land, as well as internationally, she has been praised as the best Croatian writer for children. Her books of novels and fairy tales for children, originally intended to educate her own, have been translated into nearly all European languages. Highly regarded and valued by both national and foreign literary critics, she obtained the title of Croatian Andersen. In the book, Croatian Tales of Long Ago, Mažuranić created a series of new fairy-tales, but using names and motifs from the Slavic mythology of Croats. It was this that earned her comparisons to Hans Christian Andersen and Tolkien who also wrote completely new stories but based in some elements of real mythology. The Academy had twice proposed her for the Nobel Prize, and even took her for its corresponding member in 1937, as the first woman who had been granted such an honor.

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