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By Adrienne E. Gavin, Andrew F. Humphries

The 1st book-length look at childhood in Edwardian fiction, this ebook challenges assumptions that the Edwardian interval used to be easily a continuation of the Victorian or the beginning of the fashionable. Exploring either classics and renowned fiction, the authors supply a a compelling picture of the Edwardian fictional cult of youth.

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Their curiosity and delight not only draw the reader in but also enthuse. History becomes a form of child’s play, an enthusiastic response that runs counter to popular late Victorian guides, such as Eleanor Bulley’s Great Britain for Little Britons (1882), where the child inquisitor acts as no more than a cipher. Contrary to Rose’s account, sequences such as Puck of Pook’s Hill are not simply fun for fun’s sake. Instead, their use of magic reinvests historical narrative, and beyond that an English identity, with passion and imagination mediated through history as a form of story-telling.

Wright, Patrick. On Living in an Old Country: The National Past in Contemporary Britain. London: Verso, 1985. : Peter Pan and Childhood in the Edwardian Age Karen L. McGavock Peter Pan is regarded as being at the forefront of the Edwardian cult of childhood (White and Tarr 51), having ‘initiated or played a larger part than any other work in initiating a fashion for “fairy” literature and illustration in the Edwardian nursery’ (Carpenter 170), and Peter Pan does symbolize the youth and vitality of the age.

F. N. Jephcott. 1955. London: New Left Books, 1974. Avery, Gillian. Nineteenth Century Children: Heroes and Heroines in English Children’s Stories 1780–1900. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1965. Bulley, Eleanor. Great Britain for Little Britons. London: Gardner and Darton, 1882. Burnett, Frances Hodgson. The Secret Garden. 1911. Ed. Alison Lurie. London: Penguin, 1999. Carpenter, Humphrey. Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children’s Literature. London: George Allen and Unwin, 1985. 36 Childhood in Edwardian Fiction Cunningham, Hugh.

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