Charlotte Maria Tucker

(1821—1893) children's writer and missionary

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(1821–93), English writer, whose books were published under the acronym A.L.O.E. (A Lady of England). An evangelical missionary, Tucker published numerous popular didactic books that had great success in Britain and the United States. Many of her tales were allegorical in nature, such as The Giant Killer; or, The Battle which All Must Fight (1855), in which impatient, greedy, and proud children must abandon their bad traits to overcome the giant. Another interesting allegory is The Crown of Success; or, Four Heads to Furnish (1863), in which Mr Learning, who drinks ink and eats paper for breakfast, provides some children the means to furnish the Villa of the Head and also magic purses of time to spend in the Town of Education. In such other books as Wings and Stings: A Tale for the Young, Fairy Know-a-Bit (1865) and Fairy Frisket; or, Peeps at Insect Life (1874) she included themes dealing with natural history.

From The Oxford Companion to Fairy Tales in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Children's Literature Studies.

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