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A History of Goody Two Shoes’ Birth-Day, 1809
1media/GoodyBirthday_thumb.jpg2020-07-21T17:32:15+00:00Marianne Hansene5c1491b9c20d37a95fc0356366eeb2ddecf682b182A History of Goody Two Shoes’ Birth-Day, in Verse. London: J. Aldis, Printed for the proprietor, and sold by the booksellers and toymen, 1809plain2020-08-24T18:21:00+00:00Marianne Hansene5c1491b9c20d37a95fc0356366eeb2ddecf682b
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12020-04-27T18:17:14+00:00Derivative and Transformative Works14plain2020-08-11T22:38:34+00:00ransformations of, and derivations from, existing texts are nowhere more apparent historically than in books for young readers. Popular works begat sequels and series. Figures from well-known stories, including fairy tales and nursery rhymes, featured in cheap anonymous works created rapidly by profit-conscious publishers. Canonical texts, including the Bible, novels, and plays, were simplified, shortened, extracted, and sanitized. And imitation and parody built on the strengths of already popular books.
The Butterfly’s Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast evoked a host of similar poetic accounts of parties given by animals, but The Butterfly’s Funeral is the only true sequel; the guests from the Ball return to mourn their host. Goody Two Shoes’ Birthday gathers a coterie of well-known literary figures: the hostess; the fabled Dick Whittington; Pompey the Little, canine hero of a 1751 satire on fashionable society; and Old Mother Hubbard. Tales from Shakespear retells some of Shakespeare’s plays for a juvenile audience, removing anything inappropriate for young readers. Robinson Crusoe represents an extreme condensation of a long narrative — the original text filled 364 pages, while the chapbook has 16. The author of Elsie’s Expedition imitated and reused story structure, setting, and events; he wrote in a foreword, ‘I admit that this book would, in all probability never have been written, had I not seen “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.”’ The Egyptian Struwwelpeter is a spoof of Hoffman’s parodic cautionary verses.
A History of Goody Two Shoes’ Birth-Day, in Verse. London: J. Aldis, Printed for the proprietor, and sold by the booksellers and toymen, 1809
In 1809 the publisher J. Aldis of London printed a little picture book that invited many famous literary characters to a May Day birthday party. The birthday girl was Goody Two Shoes, who first appeared in 1765, a virtuous, hardworking girl who rose from poverty to comfortable respectability. In this, later, work she took advantage of her wealth to give a ball. Read more about this book on our blog.