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The Frog Prince
At first, it was great. Sure. It always is. She cuddled a frog, wishing for more, and—presto! A handsome prince who doted on her. It meant the end of her marriage, of course, but her ex was something of a toad himself, who had a nasty habit of talking with his mouth full and a tongue good for nothing but licking stamps.
ebook, New Yorker Online Fiction, 5 pages
Published January 27th 2014 by The New Yorker
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Ah, The Frog Prince, a traditional tale retold by the Brothers Grim of how a princess drops her golden ball into a pond which is retrieved by a frog after she agrees to bring the frog back to her palace and let him join her at meals and in her bedroom at night. However, once she actually has her golden ball in hand, the princess forgets all about the little green talking critter and gleefully skips back to her palace. And when the frog shows up at the royal premises to remind the princess of her ...more
Apparently my print=out is lacking a line ; my printer needs a copy=editor? At any rate, I can't wait for an eventual Collected Coover Shorts volume. Meanwhile, very nice that most of these are FREE on the internetz (check regular for those rotating PayWalls).
Born Robert Lowell Coover in Charles City, Iowa, Coover moved with his family early in his life to Herrin, Illinois, where his father was the managing editor for the Herrin Daily Journal. Emulating his father, Coover edited and wrote for various school newspapers under the nom-de-plume “Scoop.” He was also his high-school class president, a school band member, and an enthusiastic supporter of the ...moreMore about Robert Coover...