Popular Children's Literature in Britain

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Julia Briggs, Dennis Butts, Matthew Orville Grenby
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2008 - Literary Criticism - 342 pages
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This study of popularity and children's literature is organised into four sections: 'Old Tales Retold', 'Forgotten Favourites', 'Popular Instruction, Popularity Imposed' and 'The Famous Three - Blyton, Dahl and Rowling'.
 

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Contents

Introduction
23
Robin Hood in Boys Weeklies to 1914
51
From Chapbooks to Pantomime
87
Introduction
101
Hesba Strettons Outcast Stories
123
The Adventure Stories of G A Henty
149
Angela Brazil and the Making of the GirlsSchool Story
165
Introduction
185
Mee Hammerton
229
Introduction
247
And Children Swarmed to Him Like Settlers He Became a Land
271
The Launching of Harry Potter
287
Reading Desires in the
301
Further Reading
317
Index
327
Copyright

Science for Children in the
209

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About the author (2008)

Julia Briggs was, until her death in 2007, Professor of English Literature at De Montfort University, UK. She was the author of many books, including Night Visitors: The Rise and Fall of the English Ghost Story (1977), This Stage-Play World: English Literature and Its Background, 1580-1625 (1983), A Woman of Passion: The Life of E. Nesbit (1987) and Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life (2005). Dennis Butts taught children's literature at Reading University, UK. He has written widely about children's books, and edited many scholarly editions and critical studies including Stories and Society: Children's Literature in its Social Context (1992) and From the Dairyman's Daughter to Worrals of the WAAF: The Religious Tract Society (2006). M.O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature in the School of English Literature, Language and Linguistics at Newcastle University, UK. He has published extensively on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century cultural history and on children's literature. His books include The Anti-Jacobin Novel: British Conservatism and the French Revolution (2001) and the Edinburgh Critical Guide to Children's Literature (2008).

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