Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature
Covering the period from the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Winnie-the-Pooh, Humphrey Carpenter examines the lives and writings of Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, George Macdonald, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, A.A. Milne and others whose works make up the Golden Age of children's literature.
Both a collective biography and a work of criticism, Secret Gardens forces us to reconsider childhood classics in a new light.
'Secret Gardens permits us to see in a fresh light the interaction between cultural history and literature, and to realize that ... it wasn't mere misfits who withdrew into the writing of children's books, but rather the sort of misfits who reflected the prevailing dissatisfactions of the age.' New York Times Book Review
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - sonofcarc - LibraryThing
Useful as a collection of biographies of notable childrens' authors of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Eccentric in its assessments of the meaning and value of their works (Carpenter ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ifsolitude - LibraryThing
An interesting mix of biographical information and criticism. The author examines several great children's books of the Victorian and Edwardian ages in England, plus Little Women (the only American ... Read full review