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Description - The Child Reader, 1700-1840 by M. O. Grenby

Children's literature, as we know it today, first came into existence in Britain in the eighteenth century. This book is the first major study to consider who the first users of this new product were, which titles they owned, how they acquired and used their books, and what they thought of them. Evidence of these things is scarce. But by drawing on a diverse array of sources, including inscriptions and marginalia, letters and diaries, inventories and parish records, and portraits and pedagogical treatises, and by pioneering exciting methodologies, it has been possible to reconstruct both sociological profiles of consumers and the often touching experiences of individual children. Grenby's discoveries about the owners of children's books, and their use, abuse and perception of this new product, will be key to understanding how children's literature was able to become established as a distinct and flourishing element of print culture.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521196444
ISBN-10: 0521196442
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 21mm)
Pages: 338
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 17-Feb-2011
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - M. O. Grenby

M. O. Grenby is Reader in Children's Literature at Newcastle University.

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