About This Text
This text was prepared by Lisa Ripperton, using
as copytext, The Book of Legends Told Over Again, by
Horace E. Scudder, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1899, 1900.
It is number 144 in The Riverside Literature Series.
Since this book was first published before 1923, it is in the public domain
in the United States. By
U.S. law, it entered the public domain 75 years after
its first publication.
There are no illustrations in the text.
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Charles Madison Curry and Erle Elsworth Clippinger in their
Children's Literature (1920, 1921) give the following introduction
to an excerpt from this book:
One of the best of Mr. Scudder's many fine compilations for children is
his Book of Legends from which the following story ["The Proud King"]
is taken. It is the same story that Longfellow tells in his Tales of a Wayside Inn
under the title of "King Robert of Sicily."