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date: 31 May 2020

Hope of the Katzekopfs, The (1844) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

Sometimes given the title The Self-Willed Prince; a novel by F. E. *Paget, who used the pseudonym ‘William Churne of Staffordshire’. This person is supposed to be a 16th-cent. teller of fairy lore, who now wonders whether ‘a race that has been glutted with Peter Parley and Penny Magazines, and such like stories of (so called) useful knowledge, will condescend to read a Fable and its moral, or to interest themselves with the grotesque nonsense, the palpable, fantastic absurdities, the utter impossibilities of a Tale of Enchantment.’ The spoilt and selfish only child of King Katzekopf and Queen Ninnilinda enslaves himself to the sprite Selbst, but finally frees himself.... ...

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