THE REAL PERSONAGES OF MOTHER GOOSE by Katherine Elwes Thomas

THE REAL PERSONAGES OF MOTHER GOOSE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a reissue of a scholarly study published in 1930, the result of some 25 years research into the historic origins, the chronology of the nursery rhymes we know as Mother Goose. Many of us know that Humpty Dumpty, King Cole, Jack Horner, the Queen of Hearts and some of the others had contemporary significance, and related to then-known figures in the political scene. But the keen satires, the refurbishing of folklore in the making, the political and religious diatribes are seldom considered as we chant the rhymes to nursery age children today. A large number were of Jacobite origin, and their very sources automatically discredit the claims made by Boston to Mrs. Goose herself, while the French claims are authentic only as related to nursery tales. As interesting bit of specialized knowledge here. Odd that so scholarly a book should have no index.

Publisher: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard