L is for…

The Little Lame Prince

LAfter racking my brain for like, a whole 22 minutes, which, believe me, was way too much considering how tired and out of it I am, I looked over at my freshly loaded bookshelf, and this book stuck out to me, because it has *two* ‘L’s in the title:  The Little Lame Prince. And the art is pretty.

I don’t know how many of you have even *heard* of this book, but I grew up with it, as my mother had a copy she’d been given in by her parents when she was a child, and which she then gave to me at some point. (I love old books, and I cannot lie…)

The Little Lame Prince was first published in 1875, and was written by Dinah Maria Mulock Craik (and I thought I had a long name!), an English novelist and poet born in 1826. According to her bio on Amazon, “she was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, advanced steadily until placed in the front rank of the women novelists of her day.”

An 1887 portrait of Dinah Craik by Hubert von Herkomer; from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah_Craik

An 1887 portrait of Dinah Craik by Hubert von Herkomer; from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dinah_Craik. Doesn’t she look like she’s contemplating more fun stories?

Apparently, she was quite the writer: she wrote a number of poems, books, and various tales published in magazines until she died in 1887. In the website Making of America, you can read one of her essays called “A Child’s Life”.

What strikes me most about it (and no, I didn’t read the whole thing), is that she writes “…I came upon an ancient book-shop. Can any body resist the fascination of an old book-shop? I own I can not.” And I, too, own I cannot resist an old bookstore. Which is explains why my TBR (to be read) pile could kill me if it fell on top of me.

And yet, The Little Lame Prince is the only book I’ve read by this author (at least since I’ve been keeping track {3/1994}).  A quick perusal on Amazon reveals that a bunch of her books are available for free on Kindle, as well as a number of them in print versions. How’s that for longevity?

Now, The Little Lame Prince, which is supposedly the topic of this post: this is a fairy tale about a boy “banished by his wicked uncle to live in a solitary tower on a barren plain”. He is banished because he cannot walk. The little prince has only books and toys and his nurse to amuse him – until his godmother shows up and gives him a cloak by which he can go traveling around the land.

And then of course, the adventures the boy has!

And since it is a fairy tell, all ends well – tho he is lame for the rest of his life, he is happy. … something we should all aspire to be.

My copy of the book.

My copy of the book. Isn’t it lovely?

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2 Responses to L is for…

  1. Arlee Bird says:

    I’ve never heard of this book, but I’ve heard of Le Petit Prince or The Little Prince. The Little Lame Prince precedes that French book by over 50 years!

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
    Tossing It Out

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