the fictitious author of a collection of nursery rhymes first published in London (about 1760) under the title of Mother Goose’s Melody.
the imaginary author of the collection of nursery rhymes published in 1781 in London as Mother Goose’s Melody

probably a translation of mid-17c. French contes de ma mère l’oye, which meant “fairy tales.” The phrase appeared on the frontispiece of Charles Perrault’s 1697 collection of eight fairy tales (“Contes du Temps Passé”), which was translated in English 1729 as “Mother Goose’s Tales”, and a very popular collection of traditional nursery rhymes published by John Newbery c.1765 was called “Mother Goose’s Melody.” Her own biographical story is no earlier than 1806.


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