Being drafted as ruler of France has life-changing consequences for M. Pippin Arnult Heristal, amateur astronomer, and for his wife, his art-dealer uncle, his glamour-struck daughter, and others of and not of his circle
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In his only work of political satire, The Short Reign of Pippin IV, John Steinbeck turns the French Revolution upside down as amateur astronomer Pippin HÃÂ©ristal is drafted to rule the unruly French. Steinbeck creates around the infamous Pippin the most hilarious royal court ever: PippinÃ¢ÂÂs wife, Queen Marie, who ÃÂmight have taken her place at the bar of a very good restaurantÃ¢ÂÂ; his uncle, a man of dubious virtue; his glamour-struck daughter and her beau, the son of the so-called ÃÂegg kingÃ¢ÂÂ of Petaluma, California; and a motley crew of courtiers and politicians, guards and gardeners. This edition includes an introduction by Robert Morsberger and Katharine Morsberger.