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Slovenly Peter
4 x 4 inches
$20.00

Slovenly Peter is the little boy who never combs his hair or trims his fingernails. He is the title character from the 1845 children's classic, "Der Struwwelpeter", by Dr. Heinrich Hoffmann (which carried the subtitle, "Cheerful Stories and Funny Pictures for Good Little Folks"). Hoffmann was one of the pioneers in humane treatment for mental illnesses, and wrote and illustrated this book to amuse his children and his patients' children during visits. Since then, in the German language, it has been surpassed only by the Bible in numbers of copies sold, and it has been translated into most other european and asian languages, as well. Though children have generally gotten the joke, adults have periodically wrestled with the book's over-the-top grisliness and moral judgements, and the book has undergone several waves of politically correct book-bannings.

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