The Pied Piper of Hamelin. Robert Browning. Illustrated by Kate Greenaway. Frederick Warne & Co, Ltd., London, n.d., c.1880.
They fought the clogs and killed the cats,
And bit the babies in the cradles,
Split open the kegs of salted sprats,
Made nests inside men’s Sunday hats,
By drowning their speaking
With shrieking and squeaking
In fifty different sharps and flats.
On this day in 1818, Emily Jane Brontë was born in Thornton, West Riding of Yorkshire, England — the fifth of the six Brontë children, three of whom will grow up to write fiction.
“I have to remind myself to breathe — almost to remind my heart to beat!”
―Heathcliff from Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Into the Aether (1974) by Richard A. Lupoff. Cover art by Frank Frazetta
Droll Stories. Honoré de Balzac. New York Modern Library, N.D. (c.1954). Original dust jacket.
Collection of short stories, published in three sets of 10 stories each, in 1832, 1833, and 1837, as Contes drolatiques. Rabelaisian in theme, the stories are written with great vitality in a pastiche of 16th-century language. The tales are fully as lively as the author’s masterful Comédie humaine series, but they stand apart for their good-humoured licentiousness and historical wordplay.