The History of Sandford and Merton

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Broadview Press, Nov 13, 2009 - Fiction - 480 pages
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Among the earliest novels written about children, for children, The History of Sandford and Merton was enormously popular for a century and a half after its first publication in 1783–9. The novel is Enlightenment for beginners, offering a course of education in class, race, and gender to its six year-old protagonists, the robust farm-boy Harry Sandford and Tommy Merton, the spoiled boy from the big house. Sandford and Merton offers entertaining and practical lessons in manners, masculinity, and class politics.

This Broadview Edition includes the original illustrations, along with contemporary reviews and other material on childhood by John Locke, Thomas Day, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and others.

 

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Contents

Introduction
9
A Brief Chronology
37
A Note on the Text
39
THE HISTORY OF SANDFORD AND MERTON
43
Contemporary Reviews
409
From John Locke Some ThoughtsConcerning Education 1752
412
From JeanJacques Rousseau Émile 1763
422
From Memoirs of Richard Lovell Edgeworth 1820
437
Thomas Day and John Bicknell The Dying Negro 1793
451
From Thomas Day Fragment of an Original Letter on the Slavery of the Negroes 1784
473
Select Bibliography
479
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About the author (2009)

Stephen Bending is a Senior Lecturer in English at the University of Southampton.

Stephen Bygrave is a Reader in English at the University of Southampton.

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