Quoted in an essay on Oscar Wilde after his second sodomy trial.
Howard Pyle "is as careful and painstaking and artistic with his children's books as the very best novelists are with their novels. The Wonder Clock  or Salt and Pepper for Young Folks  cannot fail to make children happy. But best of them all is Pyle's Otto of the Silver Hand. It is a story of German chivalry in the days of the robber barons, and when a boy is through with it he has a very fair idea what that phrase 'the Middle Ages' meant."