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Guy Wetmore Carryl

Guy Wetmore Carryl (1873 – 1904), American poet and humorist, can be best described as an author of “fractured” fairy tales and fables, set to verse, which are sure to expand your vocabulary’s range. Readers of all ages will appreciate his playful and sometimes snarky parodies of traditional favorites from Mother Goose, The Brothers Grimm, and Aesop. Collaborating with a range of talented illustrators furthers the appeal of his collections, which include: Fables for the Frivolous (1898), Mother Goose for Grown-Ups (1900) and Grimm Tales Made Gay (1902).
Carryl grew up in New York City, graduated from Columbia University in 1895, and began writing for Munsey’s Magazine, before moving on to Harper’s Magazine and Collier’s. This scandalous observation earned Carryl some early notoriety in his literary career, while at Columbia:
“It takes two bodies to make one seduction.” Considering his proclivity towards puns (particularly in his take-away moral lesson at the end of each poem), we find Carryl’s date of death, April 1, 1904 a posthumous joke on us, as if to say, who’s the fool now?
Fans of Guy Wetmore Carryl’s work may also enjoy the whimsical populist poems and stories by Carl Sandburg and the satirical fables of George Ade.


  • How a Beauty Was Waked and Her Suitor Was Suited
  • How Cinderella Disposed of Her Shoe
  • How Little Red Riding Hood Came to Be Eaten
  • The Ambitious Fox and the Unapproachable Grapes
  • The Arrogant Frog and the Superior Bull
  • The Impecunious Cricket and the Frugal Ant
  • The Impetuous Breeze and the Diplomatic Sun
  • The Microscopic Trout and the Machiavellian Fisherman
  • The Pampered Lapdog and the Misguided Ass
  • The Persevering Tortoise and the Pretentious Hare
  • The Sycophantic Fox and the Gullible Raven
  • The Unusual Goose and the Imbecilic Woodcutter
  • The Urban Rat and the Suburban Rat
  • Short Stories

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