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date: 23 October 2019

Mopsa the Fairy (1869) 

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature

Daniel Hahn

A *fantasy by Jean *Ingelow. A boy, Jack, discovers a nest of fairies in an old thorn tree and is taken off to fairyland on the back of an albatross. On the way he visits a country where the inhabitants are clockwork and frees the Fairy Queen from an enchantment. He becomes specially attached to a small girl fairy, Mopsa, who is eventually transformed into the Fairy Queen herself. The story has the quality of a dream; characters change their size or their nature almost without explanation. It is one of the more successful children’s books written under the influence of ... ...

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