Although the Brothers Grimm and Hans Andersen came to dominate the world of fairytales in the second half of the nineteenth century, they were t the only collectors or authors of fairytales to gain an English-speaking public during this period. Other German collectors of traditional tales are dealt with elsewhere, but of those writers who composed their own tales Wilhelm Hauff heads the list. His Marchen, whether published as a book or separately, have kept a firm place in German children's reading from the time of their first appearance right to the present day. Equally, there has been a steady stream of English editions over the same period. An old artisan in a middle-eastern town finds himself the brunt of abuse from the townspeople, due to his hunch-back. The children, who call him wicked, chase him and corner him in his shop. He locks them in, and tells them they can only leave once they have listened to his story. It turns out the old man used to be called little Muck in his youth. As a boy, Muck is kind and benevolent, despite being discriminated against by everyone. When his caring father dies, his greedy relatives ransack his house and threaten Muck. Muck escapes, and sets out in search of a merchant who can supposedly sell happiness... Includes a unique illustration!