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Charles Edward Caryl (December 30, 1841 – July 3, 1920[1]) 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.[1]

In 1884 he published the children’s fantasy Davy and the Goblin; or, What Followed Reading "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland",[1][2] 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.[3] 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".[4] It was called "Capital Ship" by Bounding Main on their 2005 album Lost at Sea.[5]

His poems "The Sleepy Giant" and "The Walloping Window Blind" are featured on Natalie Merchant's 2010 concept album Leave Your Sleep.


  1. ^ a b c "Carryl Biography". www.princeton.edu. Retrieved 2007-01-23.  Contains information from the Dictionary of Literary Biography.
  2. ^ Article by F. Gwynplaine MacIntyre about Carryl and Davy and the Goblin in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (July 2006) http://www.sfsite.com/fsf/2006/cur0607.htm
  3. ^ North, Arielle (1992-05-03). "A Spring Torrent of Children’s Books". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. 
  4. ^ "Lyr Req: A Capital Ship". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  5. ^ "Bounding Main - CD Lost at Sea". Retrieved 2012-08-24. 

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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 ...
AZ Central.com
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
Thu, 15 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -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 ...
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Fri, 21 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

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Mon, 31 May 2010 00:00:00 -0700

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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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