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Grimm Tales Made Gay
by Guy Wetmore Carryl

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Guy Wetmore Carryl (1872-1903), an American humorist and poet, compiled these poems into one volume, Grimm Tales Made Gay, in 1902. Many of the poems originally appeared in Harper's Magazine, The Century, Life, The Smart Set, The Saturday Evening Post, The Home Magazine, and the London Tatler.

The Poems

How the Babes in the Wood Showed They Couldn't Be Beaten

How Fair Cinderella Disposed of Her Shoe

How Little Red Riding Hood Came To Be Eaten

How the Fatuous Wish of a Peasant Came True

How Hop o’ My Thumb Got Rid of an Onus

How the Helpmate of Blue-Beard Made Free With a Door

How Rumplestilz Held Out in Vain For a Bonus

How Jack Made the Giants Uncommonly Sore

How Rudeness and Kindness Were Justly Rewarded

How Beauty Contrived to Get Square With the Beast

How a Fair One No Hope To His Highness Accorded

How Thomas a Maid From a Dragon Released

How a Beauty was Waked and Her Suitor was Suited

How a Cat Was Annoyed and a Poet Was Booted

How Jack Found That Beans May Go Back on a Chap

How Much Fortunatus Could Do With a Cap

How a Princess Was Wooed From Habitual Sadness

How a Girl Was Too Reckless of Grammar By Far

How the Peaceful Aladdin Gave Way To His Madness

How a Fisherman Corked Up His Foe in a Jar


These poems came from:

Carryl, Guy Wetmore. Grimm Tales Made Gay. Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co., 1902.

Other humorous fairy tales available from

Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl

Fractured Fairy Tales by A. J. Jacobs



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