DODIES DREAM WORLD
This is definitely a colourful tale, not mine, but I wish it was. In fact it goes under the name of Random Musings by MarkLewood who have an amazing blog site.
If you copy any of the links into your browser, they will take you straight through to this fabulous Blog Site. I chose it mainly because I think it's fabulous but also Of my links with the original Struwwelpeter Book which is firmly established on both Seligor's Castle and Diddilydeedot's Dreamland.
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The Struwwelpeter Alphabet
1899, English journalist Harold Begbie and illustrator Sir F.
Carruthers Gould collaborated on their satirical look at the world in a
book that also lampooned a German iconic children's book. "The Political
Struwwelpeter" (also published and referred to as "The Struwwelpeter
Alphabet") imitated the cover, text, and even font of Heinrich Hoffman's
"Struwwelpeter", originally published in German in 1845.
The original children's book collected ten illustrated and rhythmic
tales of children, their bad behavior, and the tragic outcome of such
misdeeds. The Begbie book, following a similar format but presented it
in the popular alphabet form, cleverly commenting on political
misbehavior within a world of turmoil.
Begbie (1871-1929) wrote nearly fifty books, some of which were either
clearly propaganda or proselytizing from his broadly Anglican views, as
he supported Irish self rule. In 1902 and 1903, Begbie, together with J. Stafford Ransome and M. H. Temple, wrote under the pseudonym 'Caroline Lewis': two parodies based on Lewis Carroll's "Alice in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass", entitled "Clara in Blunderland" and "Lost in Blunderland". These novels dealt with British frustration and anger about the Boer War and with Britain's waivering political leadership at the time.
Francis Carruthers Gould (1844-1925) was a popular caricaturist and
political cartoonist, working for numerous London newspapers, ultimately
settling in with the "Westminster Gazette", where he became an editor. Among his independent publications were: "Who killed Cock Robin?" (1897), "Tales told in the Zoo" (1900), two volumes of Froissart's "Modern Chronicles" (1902 and 1903), and "Picture Politics", a collection of his Westminster Gazette cartoons.
Frequently grafted onto subjects drawn from popular literature ("Uncle Remus", "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", and the works of Dickens and Shakespeare),
Gould's images were always deft and pointed ... but noteworthy for
never being unkind, bitter, nor cynical. He also illustrated books for
many celebrated authors of the time, such as H.H. Munro's witty, "The
Westminster Alice" (1907).
Of course, Hoffman's
original "Struwwelpeter" will always be a favourite here at Marklewood.
It is wickedly delicious set of tales, describing the gruesome tragedies
that befall children who play with matches, bite their nails, or engage
in similarly immature behaviour or poor hygiene.
Britain's gloriously provocative cabaret performance artists, the Tiger
Lilies, more recently immortalized Struwwelpeter in one of their best
received Brechtian operettas, "Shock-headed Peter" in 1998. Poor Little