This anthology of nineteenth-century English-language children''s
literature brings together over 120 works, including poems, stories
and extracts from novels. The collection explores both famous and
lesser-known works from writers as diverse as Maria Edgeworth,
Edward Lear, Louisa May Alcott, Catherine Parr Traill, Charles
Kingsley, Horatio Alger Jr, Susan Coolidge, Mark Twain, Robert
Louis Stevenson, Ethel Turner, Thomas Hardy, Frances Hodgson
Burnett and Rudyard Kipling. All texts are introduced with
contextualizing headnotes and are organized chronologically; they
can also be referenced by theme, genre, author and country.
Peter Hunt''s introduction discusses the ways in which the
history of children''s literature may be, and has been, read, and
sets out four key criteria for selecting the texts: that they are
historically significant, representative of their period or
country, readable, and comprehensible in extract form.
Edited by one of the leading scholars in children''s literature
studies, this important anthology will provide students and general
readers with an indispensable, much needed, and above all,
entertaining account of the development of the form in the UK, the
USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.