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Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature
 
 

Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children's Literature [Kindle Edition]

Humphrey Carpenter
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Covering the period from the publication of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to Winnie-the-Pooh, Humphrey Carpenter examines the lives and writings of Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame, George Macdonald, Louisa May Alcott, Frances Hodgson Burnett, A.A. Milne and others whose works make up the Golden Age of children's literature.

Both a collective biography and a work of criticism, Secret Gardens forces us to reconsider childhood classics in a new light.

'Secret Gardens permits us to see in a fresh light the interaction between cultural history and literature, and to realize that ... it wasn't mere misfits who withdrew into the writing of children's books, but rather the sort of misfits who reflected the prevailing dissatisfactions of the age.' New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Humphrey Carpenter was born and educated in Oxford, and attended the Dragon School and Keble College. He was a well-known biographer and children's writer, and worked previously as a producer at the BBC. He wrote biographies of J. R. R. Tolkien, W. H. Auden, Benjamin Britten, Ezra Pound, C. S. Lewis and Dennis Potter. Among his many books for children were the best-selling Mr Majeika series. He also wrote several plays for the theatre and radio. A keen musician, he was a member of a 1930s-style jazz band, Vile Bodies, which was resident at the Ritz Hotel in London for a number of years. He died in 2005.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3249 KB
  • Print Length: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Faber Finds (15 Nov 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AD9XYJC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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5.0 out of 5 stars Secret Garden of Children's Literature 15 Oct 2012
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This is a scholarly book, but very readable and full of insight into the authors and their most famous works. A very good read for anyone, but especially for those reading these classics to small children. Because of the other titles mentioned during the book, I now have a very long list of children's classics to read to my child before he's much older. It's a fabulous book for adults to understand more about children's books and why the classic works really work.
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