Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

3. Robert Coover, Master of Fairy Stories

Academic journal article The Review of Contemporary Fiction

3. Robert Coover, Master of Fairy Stories

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Robert Coover, Master of Fairy Stories in a town called Bury (as in Bury the Stories in the Nursery Lounge), was enjoying a midday myth about governesses chasing young boys when he became aware that something was very wrong in the house. So he hastened thither, and found the boys in great consternation, for by means of saying the Lord's Prayer backwards they had raised the devil, and they could not lay him again.

Robert Coover knew that the only way to get rid of the Devil called Power would be to give him a task which he could not perform, and that, if in three trials they could not hit upon such a task, the case would be hopeless.

Robert Coover first desired him to count the letters in every book ever written and put them in the right order. …

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