"Black Beauty" is among the top ten best selling novels for children ever written. This biography reveals the life of its author, Anna Sewell (1820-1878): her experiences, her beliefs and the sympathy with animals and their suffering that drove her to write her famous work.
Robert Cormier is widely recognised as one of the leading authors of young adult fiction. This collection of brand new essays demonstrates a variety of critical approaches to Cormier's work, including his best-known novels and lesser-studied texts. It offers an accessible examination of the author's considerable impact on children's literature.
The first volume to consider childhood over eight centuries of British writing, this book traces the literary child from medieval to contemporary texts. Written by international experts, the volume's essays challenge earlier readings of childhood and offer fascinating contributions to the current upsurge of interest in constructions of childhood.
The first book-length look at childhood in Edwardian fiction, this book challenges assumptions that the Edwardian period was simply a continuation of the Victorian or the start of the Modern. Exploring both classics and popular fiction, the authors provide a a compelling picture of the Edwardian fictional cult of childhood.