“Jovanovich”: A Bookish Parody Of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky

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The following is an amusing pastiche of Lewis Carroll’s poem Jabberwocky, wherein the names of popular book publishing companies are incorporated into the poem:

‘Twas potter, and the little brown
Did simon and schuster in the shaw;
All mosby were the ballantines,
And the womraths mcgraw.

Beware Jovanovich, my son!
The knopfs that crown, the platts that munk!
Beware the doubleday, and shun
The grolier wagnallfunk!

He took his putnam sword in hand,
Long time the harcourt brace he sought –
So rested he by the crowell tree
And stood awhile in thought.

And as in harper thought he stood,
Jovanovich, with eyes of flame,
Came houghton mifflin through the wood
And bowkered as it came!

Dodd mead! Dodd mead! and from his steed
His dutton sword went kennicatt!
He left it dead, and with its head
He went quadrangling back.

“And hast thou slain Jovanovich?
Come to my arms, my bantam boy!
Oh, stein and day! Giroux! McKay!”
He scribnered in his joy.

‘Twas potter, and the little brown
Did simon and schuster in the shaw;
All mosby were the ballantines,
And the womraths mcgraw.

I first saw this poem cited in Rudy Koesbroek’s De Logologische Ruimte: Opstellen Over Taal though I was unable to find out the identity of the original author.

About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkMLaw and Facebook. My email is learnfunfacts@gmail.com
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7 Responses to “Jovanovich”: A Bookish Parody Of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky

  1. paolsoren says:

    I will take a lot of hard work to find ALL the publishers, but I recognised a fair few. Really magnificent.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Book Publishers should have this one framed on their walls! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  3. dtills says:

    So smart and clever!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. ivors20 says:

    Absolutely brilliant.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. B. says:

    Nightmare…?

    Liked by 1 person

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