Russell Baker (1925) was born in a rural town in Virginia and grew up in New Jersey and Maryland.
Russell Baker received his B.A. in English from Johns Hopkins University in 1947.
Russell Baker worked as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun and then The New York Times.
He's style is generally casual but thoughtful.
In 1979 he received the Pulitzer Prize for distinguished commentary and autobiography Growing Up in 1982.
This article first published in his New York Times column in 1980.
Also, this article is entertaining satire of the prose style of much scholarly writing.
He translated this article into modern American language so he is making fun of this language.
Background about the Story:
Little Red Riding Hood, also known as Little Red Cap, is a famous fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. The story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations and readings.
This traditional fairy tale is based on the central character, Little Red Riding Hood, so called because of her red coat with a red hood. Many different versions of the story can be found worldwide. The story became famous after appearing in the Grimm Fairy Tales collections that the brothers Grimm collected from around Germany between 1807 and 1814.
Little Red Riding Hood Summary: Little Red Riding Hood’s mother tells her to take some food to her Granny who is sick. Little Red Riding Hood meets the wolf and she tells him where she is going. The wolf goes ahead of her and eats her Granny and then waits for Little Red Riding Hood to come. Granny’s features are rather big and Little Red Riding Hood asks her why when suddenly the wolf pounces on her. She screams and runs away. A woodcutter kills the wolf and rescues poor Granny.