Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Craik, Mrs

Married name of UK writer Dinah Maria Mulock (1826-1887), most of whose books were originally issued anonymously. Her fantasies were generally for children, but several intended for adults appeared in Avillion and Other Tales (coll 1853) and were reprinted in Romantic Tales (coll 1859). These include two novellas: "Avillion", a Visionary Fantasy about the Isles of the Blest, and "The Self-Seer", in which two men trade viewpoints with their spirit Doubles. The author's careful piety does not work to the advantage of these tales, although it did wonders for her bestselling nonfantasy John Halifax – Gentleman (1856). Some of her Children's Fantasies are painfully moralistic. The best is Alice Learmont: A Fairy Tale (1852), affectionately based on Scottish folklore; The Little Lame Prince (1875; rev vt The Little Lame Prince and His Travelling Cloak 1949 UK) is also notable. [BS]

other works: Little Sunshine's Holiday (1871); The Adventures of a Brownie (1872).

as editor: The Fairy Book: The Best Popular Fairy Stories Selected and Rendered Anew (anth 1863).

Mrs Craik


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