Manuel Ossorio y Bernard


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(1839–1904), writer and distinguished journalist who collaborated with several magazines and newspapers, both for adults and for children. He devoted much attention to improving children's education, and for this reason wrote several children's books full of short stories, tales, epigrams, and short poems, all of which had a clear moralistic intention. Three collections are: Lecturas de la infancia (Childhood Readings, 1880), Cuentos novelescos (Fantastic Tales, 1884), and Cuentos ejemplares (Exemplary Tales, 1896). The fairy tale of ‘The Fisherman and his Wife’ was revised twice by Ossorio y Bernard, first in ‘Un cuento de viejas’ (‘An Old Crone's Tale’, 1862) and secondly in ‘La mujer del pescador. Balada’ (‘The Fisherman's Wife. Ballad’, 1859).

From The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Children's Literature Studies.

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