Reference > Brewer’s Dictionary > Nursery Tales.

E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Nursery Tales.
Well-known ones:—   1
ARABIAN NIGHTS: Aladdin’s Lamp, The Forty Thieves, Sinbad the Sailor, and hundreds more.
CARROLL (Lewis): Alice in Wonderland, Hunting the Snark, etc.
D’AULNOY (Mme.): King of the Peacocks, The Blue Bird, and many others.
FOUQUE. De la Motte: Undine.
GOLDSMITH (Oliver): Goody Twoshoes. 1765.
GRIMM: Goblin Tales.
JOHNSON (Richard): The Seven Champions of Christendom.
KNATCHBULL-HUGESSEN (Lord Brabourne): Stories for Children, etc.
LE SAGE: The Devil on Two Sticks.
PERRAULT, Charles (A Frenchman): Blue Beard, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Riquet with the Tuft, Sleeping Beauty, etc.
RIDLEY (James): Tales of the Genii.
SCANDINAVIAN: Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack the Giant-killer, and some others.
SOUTHEY: The Three Bears.
STRAPAROLA (an Italian): Fortunatus.
SWIFT (Dean): Gulliver’s Travels.
VILLENEUVE (Mme): Beauty and the Beast
   It is said that the old nursery rhyme about an old woman tossed in a blanket was written as a satire against the French expedition of Henry V., and the cobwebs to be swept from the sky were the points of contention between the King of England and the King of France.   2



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