Harriet Beecher Stowe

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Frank Stockton is not well known to modern readers but he was quite popular during the late 1880s and early 1900s when he published a series of children's fairy-tales. His father was a Methodist minister in Philadelphia who discouraged him from making a career as a writer. As a result, Stockton worked as a wood engraver until his father's death in 1860. In 1867, Stockton began to write for a newspaper founded by his brother and published his first fairy tale, "Ting-a-ling," later that year.

In style, Frank Stockton broke with tradition; writing his stories in a matter of fact manner, avoiding the simple moralizing that characterized most children's stories, fables and fairy tales. His most famous story is The Lady, or the Tiger? -- this is a wonderful fable and you should read it!

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