Max and Moritz: with many more mischief-makers more or less human or approximately animal

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Courier Corporation, 1962 - 216 Seiten
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Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908), endowed with an equipotent facility with sketch-pad and rhyming dictionary, created some of the most arresting sketches and drollest verses the world has yet seen.
In addition to the title piece, this book reprints "Ker and Plunk" (Plisch und Plum), "The Egghead and the Two Cut-ups of Corinth" (Diogenes and die bösen Buben von Korinth), "The Raven-robbin' Rascals" (Das Rabennest), "Deceitful Henry" (Der hinterlistige Heinrich), "The Boy and the Popgun" (Das Pusterrohr), "Ice-Peter" (Der Eispeter), "The Boy and the Pipe" (Krischan mit der Piepe), "Firm Faith" (Fester Glauben), "The Two Ducks and the Frog" (Die beiden Enten und der Frosch), and "Cat and Mouse" (Katze und Maus).
By turns malevolent, jovial, sardonic, diabolical, and bloodthirsty, these verses tellingly castigate hypocrisy, stodginess, stupidity, egotism, drunkenness, and other human foibles. The English translations, printed opposite the original German, are ingenious and faithful, with spice and sense both intact.
 

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MAX AND MORITZ A Juvenile History in Seven Tricks
2
KER AND PLUNK Two Dogs and Two Boys
58
More or Less Human
119
THE EGGHEAD AND THE TWO CUTUPS OF CORINTH
121
THE RAVENROBBIN RASCALS
129
DECEITFUL HENRY
137
THE BOY AND THE POPGUN
143
ICEPETER
150
THE BOY AND THE PIPE
167
FIRM FAITH
180
Approximately Animal
181
THE TWO DUCKS AND THE FROG
183
CAT AND MOUSE
191
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Über den Autor (1962)

Wilhelm Busch is, after Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm, by far the most popular author of books for children in the German language. His Max and Moritz (1865), a story of two naughty boys whose pranks finally bring a well-deserved retribution, is reputed to be the best-selling illustrated book in all of literature. Unlike many authors of books for children, Busch is almost completely without sentimentality or facile optimism. His cartoons and verses, on the contrary, contain social satire far more harsh than that usually found in books for either children or adults. He often sought out the society of animals and children, simply because he found so much corruption among his fellow men and women. But what might have been a bitter perspective is relieved considerably by the humor with which it is depicted. Busch modernized the fable, a genre that, since Gotthold Lessing, had been seldom employed in German literature.

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