British Children’s Literature of the 19th Century

A Companion

Not Yet Published


New 2024 Pre-Order

Available for pre-order / backorder

About the Book

Many beloved classics of children’s literature, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Tale of Peter Rabbit, were written at the end of the nineteenth century, an era known as the “Golden Age” of children’s literature. Notable figures like William Godwin, Harriet Martineau, Christina Rossetti, and Charles Dickens contributed to children’s literature while juvenile periodicals first appeared to young readers during this time.
This is the first comprehensive reference work about the Golden Age of children’s literature and the emergence of juvenile literature as a major publishing phenomenon. Alphabetical entries include foundational figures like Sarah Trimmer, Maria Edgeworth, and Mary Martha Sherwood, who helped establish the market for children’s literature. New genres for the time like the moral tale, religious fiction, children’s poetry, school stories, and prolific authors like Hesba Stretton, L. T. Meade, and G. A. Henty are also included.

About the Author(s)

Patrick “PC” Fleming is the former director of the honors program at Fisk University. He currently lives in Virginia and is a program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). His book represents his own views and not those of the NEH or the United States government.

Bibliographic Details

Patrick C. Fleming. Series Editor Ronald D. Morrison; Associate Editor Matthew D. Sutton
Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Bibliographic Info:
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7798-9
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5250-4
Imprint: McFarland
Series: McFarland Companions to 19th Century Literature