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Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature

1975
Author(s):
Townsend, John Rowe
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Publisher(s):
J. B. Lippincott Co., Philadelphia & New York
Genre(s):
Literary Criticism

Comments:
An account of English prose fiction for children from its beginnings to the present, incl. 'Courtesy Books', Chapbooks and John Newbery. Children's books discussed 'as literature rather than as influences in social, educational, or psychological development "Literary criticism does not have to be narrowly aesthetic; it can and should take account of many aspects of a book". Only a few pages are devoted to Baum, but the author rates Baum's works highly and deserving of more attention in literary circles.

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