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Author: Andrew Lang Narrator: Cathy Dobson Publisher: Red Door Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2015 ISBN: bofu
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On May 28, 1828, a boy of around sixteen appeared in the Bavarian city of Nuremburg holding a letter in his hand. The lad was unable to speak, apart from three odd phrases which he repeated parrot-like, one of which was: “Want to be a soldier, as father was.” The letter, addressed to the captain of the local infantry regiment, told a bizarre story. It appeared that the boy had been kept shut up in isolation in the dark for his entire life, had never learned to speak and knew nothing of the world. Although the boy initially seemed to have a mental age of around two or three, he turned out to be a quick learner with a good memory, and within a few months of living with a family in Nuremburg, he was able to communicate, read, and write. The story he was able to tell of his early life was extraordinary. But if his arrival caused a stir … it was the bizarre manner of his death and the mystery which surrounded it which shocked the whole of Germany.

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About the Author

Andrew Lang (1844–1912), Scottish man of letters educated at the Edinburgh Academy, St. Andrews, and Balliol College, Oxford, became a prolific and versatile London journalist. He took a leading part in the controversy with Max Müller and his school about the interpretation of mythology and folk tales. He published several volumes of verse and several solid contributions to the study of the philosophy and religion of primitive man. He also wrote the four-volume History of Scotland, A History of English Literature, and many fairy-tale collections, as well as works on Homer, Joan of Arc, Scott, Lockhart, Mary Stuart, John Knox, Prince Charlie, Tennyson, and others.

About the Narrator

Cathy Dobson is the author of Planet Germany and a narrator of audiobooks.