Nevertheless, as the century wore on, more and more people began to accept the idea that childhood should be a protected period of education and enjoyment. However slow education reform was in coming, it did come: in 1851, fully one third of English children received no education at all, whereas by the end of the century, nearly ninety percent went to school for seven to eight years. At the same time, there was an explosion of books, magazines, toys, and games aimed at entertaining children. Indeed, children’s literature blossomed into what critics call its “Golden Age.”
The books listed here are both collections of scholarly essays and more conventional reference works. , , and deserve mention because they contain useful information and provocative critical insight into Victorian children’s books and publishing. The collections of scholarly essays contain a range of subjects, but none focus exclusively on British Victorian children’s books. contains important material on Arthur Hughes and on a number of women writers, and contains discussions of Victorian children, death, and the Romantic legacy. and focus on specialized topics in the Victorian period: children and the fiction of Dickens and girlhood in England and America during the period. Also included is , a collection of 19th-century commentary on children’s books—an invaluable look at Victorian attitudes toward children’s literature.
Essay about Childhood Shyness and Childrens Literature …
George, Rosemary Marangoly. “British Imperialism and US Multiculturalism: The Americanization of Burnett’s A Little Princess.” Children’s Literature 37 (2009): 137–164. DOI: