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Children's Literature: An Anthology 1801 - 1902

ISBN: 978-0-631-21048-1
496 pages
November 2000, ©2000, Wiley-Blackwell


Edited by one of the leading scholars in children's literature studies, this highly entertaining and scholarly anthology features over 120 complete works, poems, stories, and extracts from novels.

  • Includes over 120 complete works, poems, stories and extracts from novels.
  • Provides an entertaining and scholarly view of the development of children's literature in the UK and the USA, with representative pieces from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • Includes both famous books and poems, as well as less well-known but fascinating examples.
  • Features a bibliography of the best critical and historical secondary sources.
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Table of Contents

List of Plates.



Maria Edgeworth (1767-1849):.

From Early Lessons (1801).

Ann Taylor (1782-1866), Jane Taylor (1783-1824) and Adelaide O'Keeffe (?1776-1855):.

Original Poems for Infant Minds (two volumes: 1804, 1805).


'Never Play with Fire'.

'My Mother'.

'The Pin'.

Rhymes from the Nursery (1806).

'The Star'.

'Poor Children'.

'The Little Husbandman'.

William Roscoe (1753-1831):.

From The Butterfly's Ball and the Grasshopper's Feast (1807).

Elizabeth Turner (1775?-1846):.

From The Daisy, or Cautionary Stories, in Verse. Adapted to the Ideas of Children From Four to Eight Years Old (1807).

'The Canary'.

'Dangerous Sport'.

Barbara (Wreaks) Hofland (1770-1844):.

From The History of an Officer's Widow, and Her Young Family (1809).

Mary Martha Sherwood (1775-1851):.

From The History of the Fairchild Family or, the Child's Manual: Being a Collection of Stories Calculated to Shew the Importance and Effects of a Religious Education (1818).

Alicia Catherine Mant (?1788-1869):.

from The Cottage in the Chalk Pit (1822).

Clement Clarke Moore (1779-1863):.

'A Visit from St. Nicholas' (1823).

Mary [Botham] Howitt (1799-1888):.

From The New Year's Gift, and Juvenile Souvenir (1829).

'The Spider and the Fly'.

Sarah Josepha Hale (1788-1879):.

From Poems for Our Children (1830).

'Mary's Lamb'.

Catharine Maria Sedgwick (1789-1867):.

From Home (1835).

Jacob Abbott (1803-79):.

From A Little Scholar Learning to Talk (1835).

From Rollo at Work (1837).

James Kirke Paulding (1778-1860):.

From A Christmas Gift from Fairyland'.

From 'Florella, or the Fairy of the Rainbow' (1838).

Catherine Sinclair (1800-64):.

From Holiday House (1839).

Charlotte Barton (1797-1862):.

From A Mother's Offering to her Children: by a Lady, Long Resident in New South Wales (1841).

Harriet Mozley (1803-1851):.

From The Fairy Bower, or The History of a Month. A Tale (1841).

Robert Browning (1812-89):.

From Dramatic Lyrics (1842).

'The Pied Piper of Hamelin'.

Eliza Lee Cabot Follen (1787-1860):.

From New Nursery Songs for all Good Children (1843).

'Three Little Kittens'.

'William Churne of Staffordshire' (Revd. Francis Edward Paget (1806-1882)):.

From The Hope of the Katzekopfs (1844).

Richard Henry (Hengist) Horne (1802-1884):.

From Memoirs of a London Doll (Written by Herself; Edited by Mrs Fairstar) (1846).

Edward Lear (1812-88):.

From A Book of Nonsense (by Derry Down Derry) (1846, 1861):.

'The Jumblies' from Nonsense Songs, Botany, and Alphabets (1871).

Captain (Frederick) Marryat (1792-1848):.

From The Children of the New Forest (1847).

John Ruskin (1819-1900):.

From The King of the Golden River or the Black Brothers. A Legend of Stiria (1851).

Catherine Parr (Strickland) Traill (1802-99):.

From Canadian Crusoes, A Tale of Rice Lake Plains (1852).

Mary Louisa Charlesworth (1819-80):.

From Ministering Children (1854).

'Oliver Optic' (William Taylor Adams (1822-97)):.

From The Boat Club, or the Bunkers of Rippleton (1855).

William Makepeace Thackeray (1811-1863):.

From The Rose and the Ring, Or The History of Prince Giglio and Prince Bulbo. A Fireside Pantomime for Great and Small Children (1855).

Christopher Pearse Cranch (1813-1892):.

From The Last of the Huggermuggers, a Giant Story (1855 (dated 1856)).

Charlotte M(ary) Yonge (1823-1901).

From The Daisy Chain; or, Aspirations. A Family Chronicle (1856).

A. L. O. E. (A Lady of England) (Charlotte Maria Tucker (1821-93)):.

From The Rambles of a Rat (1857).

Thomas Hughes (1822-96) :.

from Tom Brown's Schooldays (1857).

Frances Browne (1816-97):.

From Granny's Wonderful Chair and its Tales of Fairy Times (1857).

R(obert) M(ichael) Ballantyne (1825-94):.

From The Coral Island: A Tale of the Pacific Ocean (1858).

Frederick W(illiam) Farrar (1831-1903):.

From Eric; or, Little by Little. A Tale of Roslyn School (1858).

Samuel G(riswold) Goodrich (1793-1860):.

From Peter Parley's Tales of the Sea (1860).

Charles Kingsley (1819-75):.

From The Water-Babies. A Fairy Tale for a Land-Baby (1863).

William (Still) Stitt Jenkins (?-?):.

The Lost Children (1864).

Mary (Elizabeth) Mapes Dodge (1831-1905):.

From Hans Brinker; or, The Silver Skates (1865).

'Hesba Stretton' (Sarah Smith (1832-1911)):.

From Jessica's First Prayer (1867).

Martha Farquharson Finley (1828-1909):.

From Elsie Dinsmore (1867).

John Townsend Trowbridge (1827-1916):.

'Darius Green and his Flying Machine' (1867).

Louisa May Alcott (1832-88):.

From Little Women (1868).

Charles Dickens (1812-1870):.

From A Holiday Romance (1868).

Horatio Alger Jr (1832-99):.

From Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the Boot Blacks (1868).

Thomas Bailey Aldrich (1836-1907):.

The Story of a Bad Boy (1870).

Jean Ingelow (1820-97):.

From Mopsa the Fairy (1869).

Mary Anne, Lady Barker (1831-1911):.

From Boys - (1874).

Thomas March Clark (1812-1903):.

From John Whopper the Newsboy (1870).

'Lewis Carroll' (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-98)):.

From Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There (1871).

'Susan Coolidge' (Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (1845-1905)):.

From What Katy Did (1872).

George MacDonald (1824-1905):.

From The Princess and the Goblin (1871 (dated 1872)).

Christina (Georgina) Rossetti (1830-94):.

From Speaking Likenesses (1874).

J(ohn) H(oward) Clark (1830-78):.

Bertie and the Bullfrogs: An Australian Story for Big and Little Children (1874).

'Mark Twain' (Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)):.

From The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).

Anna Sewell (1820-78):.

From Black Beauty, His Grooms and Companions; The Autobiography of a Horse. Translated from the Original Equine (1877).

Mary Louisa (Stewart) Molesworth (1839-1921):.

From The Cuckoo Clock (1877).

Talbot Baines Reed (1852-93):.

From The Boy's Own Paper, Volume 1, Number 1.

'My First Football Match' by an Old Boy (Saturday, January 18th, 1879).

William M(akepeace) Thayer (1820-98):.

From Log Cabin to White House: The Story of President Garfield's Life (1880).

Joel Chandler Harris (1848-1908):.

From Uncle Remus, His Songs and Sayings. The Folk-Lore of the Old Plantation (1880 (dated 1881)).

James Otis (Kaler) (1848-1912):.

From Toby Tyler, or Ten Weeks with a Circus (1881).

Margaret Sidney (Harriett M(ulford) (Stone) Lothrop (1844-1924)):.

From Five Little Peppers and How they Grew (1881).

(John) Richard Jefferies (1848-87):.

From Wood Magic, a Fable (1881).

G(eorge) A(lfred) Henty (1832-1902):.

From Winning His Spurs. A Tale of the Crusades (1882).

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894):.

From Treasure Island (1883).

Juliana Horatia (Gatty) Ewing (1841-1885):.

From Jackanapes (1883).

Edward Eggleston (1837-1902):.

From The Hoosier Schoolboy (1883).

G(eorge) W(ilbur). Peck (1840-1916):.

From Peck's Bad Boy and His Pa (1883).

Laura E(lizabeth) (Howe) Richards (1850-1943):.

From The Joyous Story of Toto (1885).

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94):.

From A Child's Garden of Verses (1885).

'Whole Duty of Children'.


'Where Go the Boats'.


'Good and Bad Children'.

'The Lamplighter'.

'The Cow'.

'Happy Thought'.

Lucretia P(eabody) Hale (1820-1900):.

From The Peterkin Papers (1880).

Frances Hodgson Burnett (1849-1924):.

Editha's Burglar (1888).

Frank R(ichard) Stockton (1834-1902):.

From The Bee-man of Orn (1887).

Palmer Cox (1840-1924):.

From The Brownies: Their Book (1887).

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900):.

From The Happy Prince (1888).

'The Selfish Giant'.

Thomas Nelson Page (1853-1922):.

From Two Little Confederates (1888).

E(dward) B. Kennedy (?-?):.

From Blacks and Bushrangers: Adventures in Queensland (1889).

Eugene Field (1850-1895):.

From A Little Book of Western Verse (1889).

'Wynken, Blynken and Nod'.

Andrew Lang (1844-1912):.

From Prince Prigio (1889).

J(ames) Macdonald Oxley (1855-1907):.

From Up Among the Ice Floes (1890).

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928):.

From Our Exploits at West Poley (1892-3).

(Margaret) Marshall Saunders (1861-1947):.

From Beautiful Joe, The Autobiography of a Dog (1894).

Ethel S(ybil) Turner (1872-1958):.

From Seven Little Australians (1894).

(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936):.

From The Jungle Book (1894).

From 'Kaa's Hunting'.

G(eorge) E(dward) Farrow (1862-?1920):.

From The Wallypug of Why (1895).

Bertha Upton (1849-1912) (Illustrated by Florence K. Upton (1873-1922)):.

From The Adventures of Two Dutch Dolls and a "Golliwogg" (1895).

Annie Fellows Johnston (1863-1913):.

From The Little Colonel (1896).

S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett (1860-1914):.

From The Surprising Adventures of Sir Toady Lion ...With Those of General Napoleon Smith. An Improving History for Old Boys, Young Boys, Little Boys, Cow Boys and Tom-Boys (1897).

Albert Bigelow Paine (1861-1937):.

From The Arkansas Bear, a Tale of Fanciful Adventure told in Song and Story (1898).

J(ohn) Meade Falkner (1858-1932):.

From Moonfleet (1898).

Ernest (Evan) Thompson Seton (1860-1946):.

From Wild Animals I Have Known (1898).

From 'The Springfield Fox'.

Ethel Pedley (?1860-98):.

From Dot and the Kangaroo (1899).

(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1805-1936):.

From Stalky and Co (1899).

From 'The Moral Reformers'.

E(dith) Nesbit (1858-1924):.

Fom The Story of the Treasure Seekers (1899).

'Lord Tottenham'.

L(man)Frank Baum (1856-1919):.

From The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900).


(Joseph) Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936):.

From Just-So Stories (1902).

Select Bibliography.

Index of Authors, Titles and First Lines.

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Author Information

Peter Hunt is Professor of English at the University of Wales, Cardiff. He has written 11 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 (Blackwell, 2001) and Children's Literature: An Illustrated History (1995).
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  • Includes over 120 complete works, poems, stories and extracts from novels.

  • Provides an entertaining and scholarly view of the development of children's literature in the UK and the USA, with representative pieces from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.

  • Includes both famous books and poems, as well as less well-known but fascinating examples.

  • Features a bibliography of the best critical and historical secondary sources.
See More


"Children's literature has a rich tradition and this carefully selected anthology demonstrates its strength and variety very well." Reference Reviews <!--end-->

"Boys' stories, fairy stories, moral and educational tales, nonsense poems, tall stories and fantasy - this new anthology of children's literature covers a full range of nineteenth-century texts including a good selection of unfamiliar works from the United States, Canada and Australia." TLS

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