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"The Wolf King; or Little Red Riding Hood: An Old Woman's Tale," [ballad in] The Port Folio; Enlarged (June 5th - 26th, 1802)
Philadelphia: Printed for The Editor & Elizabeth Dickens. 1802. First. Periodical. Folio. A set of four weekly issues from June, 1802. (Volume 2, Nos. 22-25). Each weekly issue consists of eight pages, untrimmed as originally published, and professionally sewn into one set of four consecutive issues. Browning and scattered foxing, with two partial columns (seven and two inches) clipped from the last leaf of the first issue (pp. 175-176), else good. Contains the first American appearance of a sensational burlesque version of "Little Red Riding Hood" (pages 173-174). First published anonymously in Tales of Terror (London, 1801), a collection of ballads satirizing the gothic writings of Matthew Gregory "Monk" Lewis, this account of the nursery tale is notably grimmer than the 1812 Brothers Grimm version. The Port Folio was an important Federalist literary magazine founded in Philadelphia in 1801 and edited by Joseph Dennie under the pen name "Oliver Oldschool, Esq." Also included in the June 5th issue are obituary notices for Martha Washington, "widow of the late illustrious general," and Sara Jay, "the amiable and much respected wife of his excellency John Jay." .
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