Charles Edward Caryl (December 30, 1841 – July 3, 1920) was an American children's literature author.
Born in New York, Carryl became a second-generation successful businessman; and a stockbroker, who for 34 years starting in 1874 held a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. In 1869 he married Mary Wetmore. Their elder child was the poet and humorist Guy Wetmore Carryl. In 1882 Charles E. Carryl published his first work: Stock Exchange Primer.
In 1884 he published the children’s fantasy Davy and the Goblin; or, What Followed Reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland", serialized in the magazine St Nicholas. His work includes the children’s nonsense poem “The Walloping Window Blind”, published in 1885, in a verse style similar to Lewis Carroll’s: A capital ship for an ocean trip/Was the Walloping Window-Blind;/No wind that blew dismayed her crew/Or troubled the captain’s mind. A second novel, The Admiral's Caravan, also serialized in St Nicholas beginning in December 1891, was dedicated to his daughter Constance.
His poem "The Walloping Window Blind" has been put to music and (with the addition of a chorus) used as the text for the verses of a song variously named "Capital Ship", "Blow, Ye Winds, Heigh-Ho", and "The Walloping Window-Blind". It was called "Capital Ship" by Bounding Main on their 2005 album Lost at Sea.
His poems "The Sleepy Giant" and "The Walloping Window Blind" are featured on Natalie Merchant's 2010 concept album Leave Your Sleep.
Sun, 18 Jan 2015 06:36:15 -0800
She opened with Charles E. Carryl's “The Sleepy Giant,” whose career transitioned him from a businessman (stockbroker) to a published children's author. Her eight-piece band drew upon woodwinds, strings, and acoustic guitars to complete collaborative ...
Wed, 18 Aug 2010 09:36:08 -0700
Charles E. Carryl's "The Sleepy Giant" came to life nearly a century after his death to open the show, getting a waltz-style workout riding on solid cello work. Folksy fiddle enlivened Charles Causley's "Nursery Rhyme of Innocence and Experience," and ...
Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Her sweet signature vocals and interpretive knack return intact on this collection of songs about childhood. In a session from World Cafe, Merchant takes the words of an anonymous poet, Nathalia Crane, e.e. cummings and Charles E. Carryl and sets them ...
New York Times
Fri, 16 Apr 2010 12:14:51 -0700
She lovingly pointed out details like the “aerodynamic facial hair” of Charles E. Carryl — the stockbroker behind two songs, “The Sleepy Giant” and “The Walloping Window Blind” — and the carnation in the mouth of a rakish Jack Prelutsky, who was a ...
Huffington Post (blog)
Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700
... after that, I suspect as a reaction to the comment. But she came back on stage for a long encore of old favorites, and the crowd was well-pleased with her selection. One of my favorites was "The Sleepy Giant" by Charles E. Carryl. Here is the ...
Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700
Her version of "The Sleepy Giant" by Charles E Carryl is delivered with a broad, mischievous grin. On the album, Merchant brought in over 100 musicians to help her capture the cultural and historical diversity of these poems though here she is simply ...
Thu, 05 Aug 2010 03:44:56 -0700
The band finished with their favourite piece to perform live, 'The Walloping Window Blind', a piece inspired by the children's poem by Charles E Carryl. The applause for Merchant rang out long after she had left the stage; some of which was coming from ...
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