Jessica's First Prayer AND Froggy's Little Brother

Paperback | September 4, 2013

byHesba Stratton, Hesba Stretton, Brenda .

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Jessica's First Prayer and Froggy's Little Brother are exemplars of the 'street arab' story, a genre that flourished in Victorian Britain in response to child poverty and destitution. This critical edition features the original texts of the first editions, and examines the stories through a critical lens and in their historical context.

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Jessica's First Prayer and Froggy's Little Brother are exemplars of the 'street arab' story, a genre that flourished in Victorian Britain in response to child poverty and destitution. This critical edition features the original texts of the first editions, and examines the stories through a critical lens and in their historical context...

ELIZABETH THIEL is Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University, UK. She is an authority on Victorian evangelical writing, and is the author of The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal, and has co-edited a number of colle...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 7 × 4.1 × 0.4 inPublished:September 4, 2013Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230360548

ISBN - 13:9780230360549

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. A Note on the Texts
3. Further Reading
4. Jessica's First Prayer
5. Froggy's Little Brother
6. Notes

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Series editors Matthew Grenby's and Lynne Vallone's feedback on this proposal: 'This volume will make an important contribution to children's literature studies, and indeed to a number of related fields. Neither of these novels are currently available in reputable editions, yet both are important milestones in the history of writing for young people (although both were widely read by older readers too). It is high time that the sort of scholarly edition Dr Thiel proposes was made available, and she is exactly the right person to undertake the task. She is an authority on Victorian evangelical writing, and her recetn book on the family story in children's literature was well-received. Moreover, working at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature, she is well-placed to know what directions the teaching and study of children's books is currently taking. With its scholarly apparatus, illustrations and its identification of the best texts, this edition promises to be a compact, attractive and significan volume with a wide appeal.'FEEDBACK ON THE SERIES: 'Very enthusiastic!! Some of these titles are not available AT ALL right now and it would be so great to be able to teach them in nice new editions! Yes.'Professor Marah Gubar, University of Pittsburgh'I think the focus on less known texts is the most attractive thing here - if this were nothing but Peter Pan, etc., I wouldn't be as interested. It will also depend on the quality of the notes and introduction. I don't generally like anthologies, and one benefit here is that these are packaged (more) singly. I would definitely consider using the Edgeworth, Sherwood, Newbery, andYonge volumes. I would also be able to use these in graduate as well as undergraduate seminars.I'm enthusiastic and would definitely recommend this kind of series to my students.'Professor Kenneth Kidd, University of Florida'I strongly support the idea of such a series, which if executed and marketed well is likely to encourage further excellent historical work in children's literature. Of the titles proposed to date, I would be most likely to adopt Countess Kate (no competing edition for this title, which I do presently teach); this preference merely reflects my own comfort zone, which is situated more in the mid-Victorian through Edwardian periods than in the 18th century and Romantic periods. I could be tempted by a good Sherwood volume, though!'Professor Claudia Nelson, Texas A&M University'I'm very keen on the Classics of Children's Literature series and believe that it will appeal to the growing numbers of scholars and students working in children's literature.We ask students to obtain primary texts of 'classic' works. So far we haven't required that they purchase critical editions, but if the Palgrave series were to be available and not too expensive we would recommend this series.' Professor Clare Bradford, Deakin University, Aus'Often the choices of texts on university programmes is determined by what's in print so the Palgrave texts could have quite an impact on reading practices.I am very enthusiastic about the series. It would make an excellent addition to Palgrave's list and I would certainly recommend it to students. The series editors are both leading international scholars and world experts in their field – I can't think of a better choice.'Professor Judy Simons, De Montfort University'As before, I'm very enthusiastic about this series. There's much attention given to children's literature as an area of study these days, but there's still a lack of many key texts, and this series could fill some of these gaps.'Dr David Rudd, University of Bolton