The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf by Christine AlexanderThe Child Writer from Austen to Woolf by Christine Alexander

The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf

EditorChristine Alexander, Juliet McMaster

Paperback | February 4, 2010

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In this highly original collection leading scholars address the largely overlooked genre of childhood writings by major authors, and explore the genesis of genius. The book includes essays on the first writings of Jane Austen, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett, Charlotte and Branwell Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, George Eliot, John Ruskin, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. All began writing for pleasure as children, and later developed their professional ambitions. In bursts of creative energy, these young authors, as well as those like Daisy Ashford, who wrote only as a child, produced prose, verse, imitation and parody, wild romance and down-to-earth daily records. Their juvenile writings are fascinating both in themselves, and for the promise of greater works to come. The volume includes an invaluable and thorough annotated bibliography of juvenilia, and will stimulate many directions for research in this lively and fascinating topic.
Title:The Child Writer from Austen to WoolfFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.75 inPublished:February 4, 2010Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0521128382

ISBN - 13:9780521128384

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Table of Contents

Part I. Childhood Writings: 1. Introduction Christine Alexander and Juliet McMaster; 2. Nineteenth-century juvenilia: a survey Christine Alexander; 3. Play and apprenticeship: the culture of family magazines Christine Alexander; 4. What Daisy knew: the epistemology of the child writer Juliet McMaster; 5. Defining and representing literary juvenilia Christine Alexander; Part II. Individual Authors: 6. Jane Austen, that disconcerting 'Child' Margaret Doody; 7. Endless imitation: Austen's and Byron's juvenilia Rachel Brownstein; 8. Childhood writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Beverly Taylor; 9. Autobiography and juvenilia: the fractured self in Charlotte Brontë's early manuscripts Christine Alexander; 10. The child is parent to the author: Branwell Brontë Victor Neufeldt; 11. Choosing a model: George Eliot's 'Prentice Hand' Juliet McMaster; 12. Precocity and the economy of the evangelical self in John Ruskin's juvenilia David C. Hanson; 13. Louisa May Alcott's juvenilia Daniel Shealy; 14. Dr Arnold's granddaughter: Mary Augusta Ward Gillian Boughton; 15. New woman, new boots: Amy Levy as child journalist Naomi Hetherington; 16. An annotated bibliography of nineteenth-century juvenilia Lesley Peterson and Leslie Robertson.

Editorial Reviews

"This ambitious book is remarkable as a look at the potential of juvenilia scholarship, particularly the potential of shattering traditional assumptions about the literary merit of child writing."