Few collections contain as diversified a list of authors as this. But the subject princesses -- their personalities, idiosyncrasies and special magic has captivated as unlikely a contingency as . Christian Andersen, James Thurber, Oscar Wilde and Charles Dickens (even the Talmud has a story about a princess.) Here are dancing princesses (Walter ), toy typed (kipling and Mary De Morgan) light princesses (George ) and long varieties ( Hallowell). Well known princesses like the young lady who fall a beneath a of mattresses and E. Nesbit's Mellsande the stage with lesser known royalty. Seventeen stories in all, these range from the simple to the sophisticated and will appeal to older girls with pleasant early childhood to the subject.