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Out of the Attic: Some Neglected Children's…

Out of the Attic: Some Neglected Children's Authors of the Twentieth…

by Pat Pinsent (Editor)

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Now that it is possible to look back on the children's literature of the twentieth century it is easy to see that certain writers stand out, whether for reasons of mass sales, popular or critical acclaim, or even controversy. Sometimes all of these factors have been responsible for keeping an author in the public gaze. But other authors who may have been no less popular in their own time than the ones who have become part of the children's literature 'canon' seem now to be almost totally forgotten. Yet it could be argued that in some respects they reflect the beliefs, attitudes and culture of their period more accurately than do writers whose literary merit or large sales cause them to figure large in the histories of children's literature. In this book, a few of these 'minor' authors are discussed within their sociohistorical context, with a view towards developing understanding both of their work and of the periods in which they lived.
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