Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Trivia! Mother Goose...

TRIVIA! Andre Bernard wrote a great book, "Now all we need is a Title: Famous Book Titles and How They Got That Way." He notes there really was a Mother Goose (1719). She was the mother-in-law of an eighteenth century Boston printer. Elizabeth Foster married Isaac Goose, who had ten children from a previous marriage, to which they added six more from this union. To keep all her children occupied, Mrs.—now known as ‘Mother’—Goose made up rhymes, songs, and tales which she repeated endlessly, so much so that her son-in-law printed up her stories under the title Songs for the Nursery or Mother Goose’s Melodies for Children. We still read this collection almost three hundred years later!

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