Women Writers of Children's Classics

BookWomen Writers of Children's Classics

Women Writers of Children's Classics

Writers and Their Work


January 1st, 2008



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This study explores the lives and works of 4 major 19th C female children’s writers, who, in their fantasy and family tales, caused posterity to inherit a halcyon image of Victorian childhood. They wrote of family, gender, parenthood, morals, class, behaviour, religion and death. Behind the idylls that they strove to impart lay not only conflicts between realism and idealism, and between convention and radicalism, but also the chasms in their own turbulent lives. The Victorian age was a study in contradictions. An analysis of its core – its fears and hopes for the future of its children – are revealed in its most influential children’s books, and the extraordinary lives of their authors.


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Mary Sebag-Montifiore has published many articles including: Nice Girls Don’t (But Want To): work ethic conflicts and conundrums in Mrs Molesworth’s Books for Girls (The Lion & The Unicorn, John Hopkins Press, vol 26, no. 3, Sept 2002; Jane Carlyle & Sir David Davidson; The Story of a Friendship, Studies in Scottish Literature with Professor Kenneth Fielding; Haloes and Hyprocisy – the Victorian Dilemma of Ethics, Upbringing and the Children of the Underclass.