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Busch, Wilhelm: The Mischief Book (De, En, illus). v2. 24 Apr 2021

Das Unfug-Buch
Written and illustrated by Wilhelm Busch (1832–1908)

The Mischief Book
English translation by Abby Langdon Alger (1850–1917)


This small collection of doggerel poetry describes, in rhymed couplets, several episodes of madness and mayhem perpetrated by naughty little boys or animals. The illustrations provide a large portion of the entertainment.

Spoiler:
A predecessor version, A Bushel of Merry-thoughts (Sampson & Marston, 1868) translated by Harry Rogers, might be more entertaining than this slightly stilted interpretation by Alger; but sadly, no digital version of Rogers’ work could be found. Give a peek to a small excerpt:
And lastly, in the well-stocked cupboard, where
Preserves are kept in pots of earthenware,
One jar, which most the curious fancy tickles,
Is PETER, stored among the jams and pickles.

Compare to Alger:
Here in a pickle-jar inter they,
Peter, of better burial worthy.
Yes, yes! within this earthen jar,
Poor Pete’s remains preserved are.
The rebel, who at first was hard,
As soft as butter now, is jarred.


EDIT TO ADD: Max and Moritz/Maurice is available here in the library
https://www.mobileread.com/forums/sh...d.php?t=320692

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Heinrich Christian Wilhelm Busch (15 April 1832 – 9 January 1908) was a German humorist, poet, illustrator, and painter. He published comic illustrated cautionary tales from 1859, achieving his most notable works in the 1870s. He is perhaps best remembered for Max und Moritz (1865). That book details seven pranks by two very naughty boys, who have become iconic characters in German-speaking countries, and who were the inspiration for the long-running American comic strip The Katzenjammer Kids.

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The original German poems “Eispeter”, “Katze und Maus”, and “Krischan mit der Piepe” are taken from Bilderpossen (1880). The poems “Hans Huckebein der Unglücksrabe” and “Das Pusterohr” were first published in the German illustrated magazine Über Land und Meer 1867 ~ 1868.

The Mischief Book was first published in 1880 by R. Worthington; English translation by Abby Langdon Alger (1850–1917).

This book is assumed to be in the public domain worldwide.

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