Frank Richard Stockton (1834-1902) was an American writer and humorist, best known today for the tale "The Lady, or the Tiger?" and a series of innovative children's fairy tales that were widely popular during the late 19th century. A Bicycle of Cathay also contains "a memorial sketch of Mr. Stockton and a Bibliography of his works."
The foolish emperor is tricked by two "weavers" who claim that their beautiful fabric can be seen only by the competent people in the kingdom. Ultimately, it is the honest child who outsmarts the town in this classic Hans Christian Andersen tale that encourages self-confidence.
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