Heinrich Hoffman 1844, (1809-1894)

Der Struwwelpeter
Shock-headed Peter / Slovenly Peter
Piet de Smeerpoets

Die Geschichte vom bösen Friedrich
The Story of Cruel Frederick
De geschiedenis van den wreeden Jan

Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug
The Dreadful Story About Harriet and the Matches
De allerdroevigste geschiedenis met de Zwavelstokjes

Die Geschichte von den schwarzen Buben
The Story of the Inky Boys
De geschiedenis van de zwarte Jongens

Die Geschichte vom wilden Jäger
The Story of the Man That Went Out Shooting
De geschiedenis van den wilden Jager

Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher
The Story of Little Suck-a-Thumb
De geschiedenis van den Duimzuiger

Die Geschichte vom Suppen-Kaspar
The Story of Augustus Who Would Not Have Any Soup
De geschiedenis van Soep-Hein

Die Geschichte vom Zappel-Philipp
The Story of Fidgety Philip
De geschiedenis van Philip, den schommelaar

Die Geschichte vom Hans Guck-in-die-Luft
The Story of Johnny Head-In-Air
De geschiedenis van Hans kijk-in-de-lucht

Die Geschichte vom fliegenden Robert
The Story of Flying Robert

In December 1844 Heinrich Hoffman, a Frankfurt physician and writer, wanted to buy his three-year-old son a picture book as a Christmas present but was not impressed by what was offered. Instead he bought a notebook and began to write and draw his now world famous picture book. Dr Hoffmann filled his manuscript with stories and pictures of his own invention. Friends who were impressed with the book persuaded Hoffmann to have it published and in 1845 the first edition was produced as 'Lustige Geschichten und drollige Bilder mit 15 schön kolorirten Tafeln für Kinder von 3-6 Jahren.' Not until the third edition was Hoffman's and Struwwelpeter's name included in the title.

Hoffmann's moral tales for children met neither contemporary nor modern criteria, yet were translated into dozends of languages and have deeply influenced children's literature.

An anonymous English translation was published in Leipzig in 1848 which became an instant success in Britain. The stories' popularity continues to grow throughout the world.

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