David R Godine, October 2019. Hardcover. New. Item #221423
Loosely based on historical anecdotes, these devilishly delightful vignettes and illustrations feature some of the more recognizable individuals throughout the ages, like Emily Dickinson, Mozart, Oscar Wilde, and Jane Austen. This book was created by a National Book Award Winner for Poetry and iconic American artist, both are sure to make the reader laugh out loud today as much as they did almost fifty years ago, when the work was first published. For instance, envision Louisa May Alcott standing on the steps of Caldecott High in Concord in a letterman's sweater and shoreman knit beanie. She confronts a local nineteenth-century critic of her writing, A woman from the Concord library "vice squad," who is conversely clad in an outdated version of Victorian fashion of the day. Alcott shouts (at the top of her lungs) that her critic is a "little frump." A crack-up moment if ever there was one in literary folklore and just a sample of the contents of this absurdly funny classic book.