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Struwwelpeter or Shockheaded Peter, twisted tales by Heinrich Hoffmann in Germany circa the 1840s.
posted by drezdn (6 comments total)
Later made into a play, and some more background.
posted by drezdn at 3:23 PM on November 9, 2004

My wife was traumatized as a child by the story with the thumb-cutter-offer. I thought this had been on the Filter before...could be wrong.

Also, any excuse to scare the bejeezus out of the little ones is OK by me.
posted by Kafkaesque at 4:12 PM on November 9, 2004

The main page did appear on the Filter: here. (I only remember because I posted it)

Interestingly enough, your comment was about Struwwelpeter. I think this means that the circle is now complete. :)
posted by Ljubljana at 4:30 PM on November 9, 2004

Struwwelpeter's all over Frankfurt a.M. There's a bar or restaurant named after him in Sachsenhausen, and I think there might be multiple hair salons.
posted by oaf at 12:19 AM on November 10, 2004

If you ever get a chance to see the aforementioned play then do so, it's fantastic. Especially if the Tiger Lillies are in it.
posted by ciderwoman at 4:08 AM on November 10, 2004 [1 favorite]

Absolutely! The play was one of the best pieces of theatre I have ever seen in my life. I hope it comes back here, although it's a good excuse to go to New York.
posted by crush-onastick at 7:16 AM on November 10, 2004

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