Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books,

Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, This is a very good academic tome on the early history of American children s literature Not for the faint of heart, and they are better books if you are interested in this topic and not doing research Still, an excellent read. In Behold the Child, Gillian Avery offers an engaging account of children s literature in America from colonial times to the early twentieth century Exploring a variety of social, cultural, and practical forces, Avery shows how the literature of the old world influenced that of the new and describes the emergence of uniquely American styles and themes in children s books Her topics include the early days of colonial publishing, the defenders and detractors of Mother Goose, the influence of Sunday schools and tract societies, the chaste eroticism of romantic fiction for young readers, and changing notions of American heroes and heroines

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