Linton- Life in the Collections
William James Linton:
5) The Flower and the Star and other Stories for Children.
This collection of children’s stories consists of the author’s antiauthoritarian interpretations of the traditional fairy tales Jack and the Beanstalk and Jack, the Giant Killer and of two nonsense pieces.
All of them are full of reminiscences of the wild, unrestricted life in Brantwood. Linton’s amazing illustrations fuse minute nature observations with fantastic elements. Here he followed the example of William Godwin, the godfather of anarchism, who was successful in the early twenties with his permissive versions of traditional children’s stories, which he had published under the penname Edward Baldwin.