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- DescriptionIn his day, Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-1892) was a well-kwn figure in American arts and letters, with close ties to the New England Transcendentalists. His most enduring achievements are his vels for children. Collected here for the first time in one volume, these three works-The Last of the Huggermuggers, Kobboltozo: A Sequel to the Last of the Huggermuggers, and The Legend of Dr. Theophilus; or, The Enchanted Clothes-establish Cranch as a pioneer in American fantasy fiction.Huggermuggers (1856) and Kobboltozo (1857) went through several printings during the last half of the nineteenth century but were t reissued until the initial publication of this volume in 1993. These vels relate the escapades of a shipwrecked American boy, Jacky Cable, and the gentle giants and evil dwarfs who inhabit the island on which he is marooned. The manuscript of Cranch's last unpublished vel, The Legend of Dr. Theophilus, disappeared around 1870 and did t resurface until the early 1980s. The story revolves around a faraway place where the sun cant penetrate the fog and where a suit of enchanted clothes can cause mayhem and grief.As the editors explain in their introduction, Cranch was the first American author to write vel-length works solely for children, and to fuse elements of fantasy and adventure. In an era when most juvenile books emphasized moral rectitude and acquiescence to adult authority, Cranch put a higher premium on humor and the imaginative aspects of storytelling. Written during an important transition in the history of American children's literature, these three vels are of special interest to scholars of American Romanticism. Perhaps most important of all, they have t lost their attraction for young readers.
- Author BiographyGreta D. Little is a professor emeritus of English at the University of South Carolina. Joel Myerson is Carolina Distinguished Professor of American Literature Emeritus at the University of South Carolina.
- Author(s)Christopher Pearse Cranch
- PublisherUniversity of Georgia Press
- Date of Publication01/06/2010
- SubjectFiction Companions
- Place of PublicationGeorgia
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Georgia Press
- Height216 mm
- Edited byGreta D. Little,Joel Myerson
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