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Struwwelpeter : fearful stories and vile pictures to instruct good little folks
Hoffmann, Heinrich, 1809-1894.
Uniform Title:
Struwwelpeter. English. 1999
Publication Information:
Venice, CA : Feral House, [1999]

Physical Description:
1 volume (various pagings) : illustrations (some color) ; 28 cm
General Note:
"The Feral House edition includes Sarita Vendetta's macabre illustrations to Heinrich Hoffmann's verse, the entire original edition in color, Struwwelpeter-inspired wartime propaganda titled Struwwelhitler, and a revealing introduction by Jack Zipes ... "--Back cover.
Introduction -- Struwwelpeter. Fifteen stories as illustrated by Sarita Vendetta -- Slovenly Peter or Cheerful stories and funny pictures for good little folks -- Struwwelhitler.
Added Title:

Slovenly Peter of Cheerful stories and funny pictures for good little folks.
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PT2362.H45 S813 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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A new edition for adults of the classic children's stories also includes a World War II-era parody entitled Struwwelhitler.

Author Notes

Heinrich Hoffman, a doctor of psychology in Frankfurt, is remembered as the author of a single, short book of moral parables in verse for children, which achieved enormous popularity. When his Struwwelpeter (Slovenly Peter) appeared in 1845, the first edition was sold out in a few days. By 1925, when the copyright expired, well over 500 editions had appeared. The book was widely translated and imitated. Mark Twain was so delighted with the book that, despite his poor knowledge of German, he produced a loose translation for his children. The contemporary reader will probably be disturbed by the harsh punishments given to children: a boy who persists in sucking his thumb has the thumb cut off by a tailor, while two children who make fun of a black boy are dipped in chocolate, to be eaten at Christmas. But the style of the book is humorous, and even most children probably knew the punishments were not to be understood literally. That Struwwelpeter is not currently in print in the United States shows that the popularity of the book has, in this country at least, finally declined. But several generations were raised on the book, and copies may often be found in libraries and used bookstores.

(Bowker Author Biography)