MacDonald and Tharp and Rossetti
Interesting, different reactions. I would've thought _Princess & the Goblin_ far, far better known than "Goblin Market." I'm not really sure that the motif of younger siblings stolen away isn't from some fairy tale tradition, though I can't point my finger at it, offhand. Did Maurice Sendak take it from Rossetti, too? I first encountered the Goblin story in the television adaptation by Shirley Temple in her television series in the ??early 60s? She also did _Pippi Longstocking_, and some others that I can't bring to mind, just now, and several of these haunted me for years, as I gradually discovered the books, none more than this one. (At least one story still haunts me, and I don't know to this day what it was from). But, my daughter and her friends knew Macdonald's story from the animated film of the ??70s? 80s? Which I don't much care for. I don't know if Cat ever read the book, though I've recommended it to her. For whatever reason, I never read it aloud to her when we were doing that.Rossetti's poem is a great work, but I don't think it even made the Norton Anthology earlier on, at least it definitely wasn't in the "Major Authors" one that I used as a freshman. I think it would be today, and I'm sure it's in some of the more complete anthologies, at least. Her critical stature has certainly grown, but for quite a while, earlier in the twentieth century, she was considered rather an adjunct to her brother, though I think her stature has quite surpassed his at this point (at least his stature as a poet, as opposed to that as a painter). Personally, I've never read most of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, but I think I've read most of Rossetti and like her work more. "Goblin Market" was not published for children, unlike her _Sing-Song_ and _Speaking Likenesses_, and maybe some of the short stories in _Commonplace_. I think her sonnet sequences are quite fine and beautiful. All those "rhymes-bouts" that the Rossetti children played paid off for her. (Her brother's are also very fine).As for Twyla Tharp, I've seen her dance, and I've seen a lot more of her choreography--especially her "Push Comes to Shove," which I think I've seen danced by different dancers, certainly by Baryshnikov a couple of times, but I almost think I saw her dance it at one point. Or certainly someone else. Certainly I saw her "Deuce Coup," and I think "Catherine Wheel" unless it was just reading reviews of the latter that left such a strong impression. Look her up in wikipedia. Not that I know anything about dance. But one thing is clear, Tharp has a sense of humor, and I'll bet she made something of the goblin tender feet in the choreography, as you wondered.