Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Knatchbull-Hugessen, E H

(1829-1893) UK politician, created 1st Lord Brabourne in 1880, and author of 14 books of Fairytales; his surname, Knatchbull, was expanded in 1849. The first volume, Stories for My Children (coll 1869), contained fairly standard Victorian tales, in imitation of Hans Christian Andersen and the Grimm Brothers. The reception accorded to this book encouraged EHKH to produce a volume or two of fairytales annually for the next six years: Crackers for Christmas (coll 1870), Moonshine: Fairy Stories (coll 1871), Tales at Teatime (coll 1872), Queer Folk: Seven Stories (coll dated 1874 but 1873), River Legends, or Father Thames and Father Rhine (coll 1874) illus Gustav Doré; Whispers from Fairy-Land (coll 1874; cut as Some Whispers from Fairyland 1933) and Higgledy-Piggledy, or Stories for Everybody and Everybody's Children (coll 1875) illus Richard Doyle. After this period he turned to other writings, in particular a life of Cromwell, returning to fairytales in 1878 with Uncle Joe's Stories (coll 1878), Other Stories (coll 1879), The Mountain-Sprite's Kingdom and Other Stories (coll 1880), Ferdinand's Adventure (coll 1882) and Friends and Foes from Fairyland (coll 1885). EHKH's final stories were The Magic Oak-Tree and Prince Filderkin (coll 1894), comprising volume 12 of The Children's Library (1892-4 23 vols). [MA]

Edward Hugessen Knatchbull-Hugessen


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