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Otto of the Silver Hand


by Howard Pyle


The book centers around the life of Otto, the son of a German warlord. His mother dies when she sees her husband hurt, prompting his father to take his newborn son to a nearby monastery to be raised. When Otto reaches eleven his father returns to claim him from the monastery and take him back to live in their ancestral castle.

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95 Pages
1 - 2 Hours to read
27k Total words


Howard Pyle had many admirers among his contemporaries, including Vincent Van Gogh, who once said that Pyles work struck me dumb with admiration. Considering the famous painter was talking about artwork, the extent of Pyles ability and quality was clear. In addition to teaching illustration courses at Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry, Pyle put his talents to use, primarily illustrating childrens books. He is best remembered today for his work on The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood, which remains in print, and he also did a four-volume set of King Arthur tales. Though he also wrote his own novels, he continued to be in popular demand for illustrations, and he was employed by periodicals like Harpers Weekly. This edition of Pyles Otto of the Silver Hand is specially formatted with a Table of Contents and is illustrated with over a dozen pictures of Pyle and his illustrations.