A study of 4 major female 19th C children’s writers who created a literary halcyon image of childhood, which, juxtaposed with their turbulent lives, reveals the dilemmas and desires of the Victorian frame of mind.
Description: This study explores the lives and works of four major 19th Century female children’s writers, who, in their fantasy and family tales, caused posterity to inherit a halcyon image of Victorian childhood. They wrote of family, gender, parenthood, morals, class, behaviour, religion and death. Behind the idylls that they strove to impart lay not only conflicts between realism and idealism, and between convention and radicalism, but also the chasms in their own turbulent lives. The Victorian age was a study in contradictions. An analysis of its core – its fears and hopes for the future of its children – are revealed in its most influential children’s books, and the extraordinary lives of their authors.
…an eminently readable short study, in which students will find plenty to inform, intrigue and engage
Children’s Books History Society
... will find a permanent place on my shelves
Author: Sebag-Montifiore, Mary