“A Letter from Hop-O'-My Thumb to Charles Dickens, Esq. Upon ‘Frauds on the Fairies,’ ‘Whole Hog,’ &c.”

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Creator

George Cruikshank

Title

“A Letter from Hop-O'-My Thumb to Charles Dickens, Esq. Upon ‘Frauds on the Fairies,’ ‘Whole Hog,’ &c.”

Publisher

David Bogue

Date

1854

Coverage

London

Description

A reprint of Cruikshank’s letter to Dickens pleading his case for his version of fairyland in the face of Dickens’ stinging rebuke of the artist for turning the beloved tales into temperance pamphlets. The letter first appeared in the second (and final) issue of George Cruikshank’s Magazine, February 1854.

Sadly, although the letter from Hop to Dickens and the illustrations for the tales were all charming, the famous author had thrown acid over Cruikshank’s fairy library, and the little volumes were a failure.

Relation

From the collection of Josephine Lea Iselin.