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SCHANDORPH [or SKAMDRUP], SOPHUS CHRISTIAN FREDERICK (1836-1901), Danish poet and novelist, was born at Ringsted in Zealand on the 8th of May 1836. In 1855 he entered the university of Copenhagen. In 1862 he published his first volume of poetry, written in the romantic style and giving little indication of the ultimate direction that his talent was to take. Other books followed, but his gifts first found full expression in a volume of rustic tales entitled Fra Provinsen (1876), in which he described provincial character and life with much frankness of detail and a great deal of wit. In 1878 his novel, Uden Midtpunkt (" Without a Centre "), recast later in dramatic form, attracted great attention by its exposure of contemporary failings. Among the more famous of his later novels are: Thomas Friis' Historic (2 vols., 1881), Del gamle Apolhek (" The Old Apothecary ") (1855) and Helga (1900); but his most characteristic work is to be found in his various volumes of short sketches. He published his own Recollections (Oplevelser) in 1889. He died after a long illness at Frederiksberg on New Year's Day 1901.

See an article by V. Moller in C. F. Bricka's Dansk Biografisk Lexikon (vol. xv., 1901).

Note - this article incorporates content from Encyclopaedia Britannica, Eleventh Edition, (1910-1911)

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