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The wise humorous style of his fanciful tales and their grotesque droll material make them exceptional.
Howard Pyle also did work of distinction in this field, much assisted by his eccentric illustrations; and his Robin Hood (1883) is capital romance.
In nonsense books, the imitators of Lewis Carroll and Edward Lear were many in the last years of the century; but the best of them, Charles Carryl in Davy and the Goblin (1885), only invite comparison.
Somewhat earlier, Lucretia P. Hale in Peterkin papers (1882) created a new form of nonsense of a more literal sort; and this for spontaneous fun and clever foolishness is remarkable.
Fairy tales seem to have no foothold in America—the stories in verse of Palmer Cox, the Brownie books, being perhaps the sole instance the century afforded of nation-wide popularity (and these owing more to the author's illustrations than to the text). For this condition publishers may be somewhat responsible, as they can sufficiently supply the market wit
Payne, William Morton, 63 n.
Paying too dear for one's Whistle, 215
Peabody, Elizabeth, 20
Peabody, Sophia, 20
Peabody, Institute, 338
Peacock, Gibson, 337, 342
Pearl, the, 369
Peaslee, Mary, 42
Pencillings by the way, 187
Pennsylvania Gazette, the, 178
Pennsylvania journal, the, 178
Pennsylvania Packet, the, 178
Percival, James Gates, 167
Percy, Bishop, 3
Perils of Pearl Street, the, 152
Perry, Bliss, 263 n.
Peterkin papers, 408
See Goodrich, S. G.
Peter Rugg, the Missing man, 369 n.
Peterson, Charles J., 168
Peterson, Henry, 281
Peter the Great, 136
Petroleum V. Nasby. See Locke, D. R.
Pfaff's restaurant, 268
Phelps, Austen, 208
Phelps, Elizabeth Stuart. See Ward, Elizabeth S. P.
Philanthropist, the, 45
Philip II, 129, 136, 139, 146
Philo Judaeus, 211
Philosophy of history, the, 4
Philosophy of the short story, the, 388