“The King of Nodland and His Dwarf,” Fitz James O’Brien, 1852

“The King of Nodland and His Dwarf,” Fitz-James O’Brien, 1852 – The citizens of Nodland are too lazy to till their own fields, preferring sleep–which is a national pasttime.  They enslave the nearby Cock-Crow Indians.  The kingdom prospers until the king’s spending depletes the treasury, forcing him to impose a tax on sleep.

Comments: “Fitz’s most Swiftian satire with jibes at slavery which was still practiced in the southern United States, and at the political structure of England.” (Amanda Salmonson, The Supernatural Tales of Fitz-James O’Brien: Volume Two, Dream Stories and Fantasies).

Author: Wikipedia: “Fitz James O’Brien (also spelled Fitz-James; December 31, 1828 – April 6, 1862) was an Irish-born American writer.”


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