Category: Cautionary Tales

Sentence of the Day

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Indeed, was even the cradle only a goochie-goochie cove of good-fairy cobwebs entirely devoid of hobgoblin shadows; or was it not also the primordial place of boo-boo badness and doo-doo-in-diapers as well?

— Albert Murray, South to a Very Old Place

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Cautionary Tales – the first

Slovenly PeterToday I am submitting for inspection a little piece called Conrad and the Tailor, the first in a collection of Cautionary Tales.”  I was inspired by my memories of a slender volume of poems given me by my grandmother when I was three years old.  Slovenly Peter first appeared in Germany as Der Struwwelpeteran 1845 children’s book by Heinrich Hoffman.

Hoffman was, among other things, the doctor at a lunatic asylum in Frankfurt, where he considered himself to be “the sunshine in the life of his miserable patients.”  I will let my readers judge the level of his success.

Have I mentioned that my family specialized in dark humor?

Der Struwwelpeter

Heinrich Hoffman