Frank Stockton

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About Frank Stockton

Frank Richard Stockton (April 5, 1834 – April 20, 1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known today for a series of innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the last decades of the 19th century. Stockton avoided the didactic moralizing common to children's stories of the time. Instead, he humorously poked fun at greed, violence, abuse of power and other human foibles, describing his fantastic characters' adventures in a charming, matter-of-fact way in his stories. Like his contemporary Mark Twain, Stockton often pokes gentle fun at people's credulity and irrationality. Stockton's work of science fiction, The Great War Syndicate, describes a late 19th century British–American war. An American...More