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date: 18 August 2019

King of the Golden River, The or the Black Brothers, a legend of Stiria (1851) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

A *fantasy by John *Ruskin. An extraordinarily fertile valley is farmed by three brothers. Two, Schwartz and Hans, are mean, ugly, and hard. The third, Gluck, is the opposite, but is bullied by them and condemned to menial work. Left alone one day, he is visited by an ‘extraordinary little gentleman’. Gluck gives the little man shelter, but the two brothers return and attempt to turn him out. He promises to come back at midnight. At midnight a storm tears the roof off the house (but not off Gluck’s room) and devastates the valley. A visiting-card left on the table reads ‘South West Wind Esquire’. When no further wind brings rain to the valley, it becomes a desert.... ...

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