Frank R. Stockton


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Philadelphia novelist and short-story writer, was first known as an author of children's stories, some of which were contributed to St. Nicholas, of which he was an editor (1873–81). After the publication of his whimsically fantastic novel Rudder Grange (1879), he began to write for adults, although continuing the same use of absurd situations that had made his juvenile tales popular. Among his later works are the volume of short stories (1884) whose title piece was the sensationally popular “The Lady or the Tiger?” and the amusing novel The Casting Away of Mrs. Lecks and Mrs. Aleshine (1886), and its sequel The Dusantes (1888).

Subjects: Children's Literature Studies.

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