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Contents. Acknowledgements. Chronology. Introduction. About Children's Literature and this Book. Matters of Selection. Matters of 'Theory' and Definition. Matters of History. Constructing History. Tone and address. Content. Gender, Politics and Ideology. Rethinking History. How to Use This Book. Note on the Bibliographies. Authors. Janet Ahlberg (1944-1997) and Allan Ahlberg (1938-). Louisa May Alcott (1832-88). Edward Ardizzone (1900-1979). Quentin Blake (1932-). Judy Blume (1938-). Enid [Mary] Blyton (1897-1968). Mary Grant Bruce (1878-1958). Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924). Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson) (1832-98). Robert Cormier (1925-). Richmal Crompton [Lamburn] (1890-1969). Roald Dahl (1916-1990). Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel, 1904-1991). Anne Fine (1947-). Alan Garner (1934-). Virginia [Esther] Hamilton (1936-). G[eorge] A[lfred] Henty (1832-1902). Russell [Conwell] Hoban (1925-). Ted Hughes (1930-1998). [Joseph] Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936). E[laine] L[obl] Konigsburg (1930-). Patricia MacLachlan (1938-). Margaret Many (1936-). Jan [Janet Marjorie] Mark (1943-). William Mayne (1928-). A[lan] A[lexander] Milne (1882-1956). E[dith] Nesbit (1858-1924). [Helen] Beatrix Potter (1866-1943). Terry Pratchett (1948-). Philip Pullman (1946-). Arthur Ransome (1884-1967). Michael Rosen (1946-). J[oanne] K. Rowling. Maurice [Bernard] Sendak (1928-). Mary Martha [Butt] Sherwood (1775-1851). Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94). Rosemary Sutcliff (1920-1992). Patricia Wrightson (1921-). Key Texts. L[ucy] M[aud] Montgomery (1874-1942), Anne of Green Gables (1908). Richard Jefferies (1848-87), Wood Magic (1881) and Bevis (1882). Anna Sewell (1820-78), Black Beauty (1877). Mary Norton (1903-1992), The Borrowers (1952), The Borrowers Afield (1955), The Borrowers Afloat (1959), The Borrowers Aloft (1961), The Borrowers Avenged (1982). E[lwyn] B[rooks] White (1899-1985), Charlotte's Web (1952). Susan [Mary] Cooper (1935),The Dark is Rising sequence: Over Sea, Under Stone (1965), The Dark is Rising (1973), Greenwitch (1974), The Grey King (1975), Silver on the Tree (1977). Isaac Watts (1674-1748): Divine Songs Attempted in Easy Language for the Use of Young Children (1715). Ursula K[roeber]. Le Guin (1929-): The 'Earthsea' Quartet': A Wizard of Earthsea (1968), The Tombs of Atuan (1972), The Farthest Shore (1973), Tehanu (1990). Louise Fitzhugh (1928-74), Harriet the Spy (1964). J[ohn] R[onald] R[euel] Tolkien (1892-1973), The Hobbit, or There and Back Again (1937). Imported Classics. Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) The 'Little House' series: Little House in the Big Woods (USA 1932/UK 1956), Farmer Boy (1933/1965), Little House on the Prairie (1935/1957), On the Banks of Plum Creek (1937/1958), By the Shores of Silver Lake (1939/1961), The Long Winter (1940/1962), These Happy Golden Years (1943/1964), The First Four Years (1971/1973). John Newbery (1713-67), A Little Pretty Pocket Book (1744). Louisa May Alcott (1832-88), Little Women (1868) and Good Wives (1869). Norman Lindsay (1879-1969), The Magic Pudding (1918). P[amela] L[yndon] Travers (1906-1996), Mary Poppins (1934). C[live] S[taples] Lewis (1898-1963): Narnia' Series. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (1950), Prince Caspian (1951), The Voyage of the 'Dawn Treader' (1952), The Silver Chair (1953), The Horse and his Boy (1954), The Magician's Nephew (1955) and The Last Battle (1956). J[ames] M[atthew] Barrie (1860-1937) 'Peter Pan' (1904...). Eleanor H[odgman] Porter (1868-1920), Pollyanna (1913). Francis Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911). Ethel S[ybil] Turner (1872-1958) Seven Little Australians (1894). Alan Garner (1934-), The 'Stone Book' Quartet. The Stone Book (1976), Granny Reardun (1977), The Aimer Gate (1978), Tom Fobble's Day (1977). Elizabeth Enright (1909-68), The Thimble Summer (1938). Thomas Hughes (1822-96), Tom Brown's Schooldays, by an Old Boy (1857). Philippa Pearce (1920-), Tom's Midnight Garden (1958). 'Mark Twain' (Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)), The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876). Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94), Treasure Island (1883). Natalie Babbitt (1932-), Tuck Everlasting (1975). Charles Kingsley (1819-75), The Water Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (1863). Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932), The Wind in the Willows (1908). L. Frank Baum (1856-1919) The [Wonderful] Wizard of Oz (1900). Topics. Censorship. Colonialism, Post-Colonialism, Multiculturalism. Criticism and Theory. Drama, Film, Media. Fantasy. Folk Tale, Fairy Tale, Myth, Legend. Gender. Literacy. Nursery and Playground Rhymes, Storytelling. Picture Books. Poetry. School Stories. War. General Bibliography and Guide to Further Reading.

About the Author

Peter Hunt is Professor of English at Cardiff University. He has written eleven books and over 200 articles on children's literature. Among his most recent books are the International Companion Encyclopedia of Children's Literature (1996), Children's Literature: An Illustrated History (1995) and Children's Literature: An Anthology 1801-1902 (Blackwell Publishers, 2000).


"A constantly agile, challenging, attractively informal book that will provoke the specialists and enlighten all who share 'the joy of the subject'." Books for Keeps

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