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The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English
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For more than 450 years, children's literature has delighted, fascinated, and powerfully influenced readers and listeners of all ages. Now the groundbreaking Norton Anthology of Children's Literature invites readers to discover four centuries of literature for children. Beginning in 1659 and ending at the turn of the twenty-first century, the Norton Anthology includes the work of 170 authors and illustrators representing such familiar genres as fairy tales, picture books, nursery verse, and fantasy, as well as less familiar genres such as alphabets, chapbooks, and comics. More than 90 works are included in their entirety, from The New England Primer to Robert Louis Stevenson's A Child's Garden of Verses to the contemporary classic Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. Richly illustrated, the volume includes 45 images in full color and 375 in black and white and makes widely available for the first time facsimile images of works available only in rare-book libraries. Norton Anthology introductions, headnotes, annotations, and selected bibliographies help readers understand and enjoy the works.
"To give an idea of the breadth of this sampling from children's literature through the ages, consider that the volume's 'timeline' begins in the Eighth Century — B.C. The bulk of the material in this slipcased paperback, however (and bulk is used here in the most complimentary way possible), spans the past four centuries. The delights are abundant. A facsimile image of a 1777 version of The New-England Primer, America's original schoolbook, is reprinted in its entirety (sample vocabulary words: humiliation, mortification, purification). John Newbery, who 'excelled at collecting materials that could be assembled cheaply and attractively to be marketed' (and for whom the Newbery Medal is named), is represented by an excerpt from his book on 'Epistolary Writing.' In addition to instructing children on how to correspond with church and government officials, he includes Anne Boleyn's last missive to Henry VIII as an example of an 'important' letter. Zipes and his collaborators cull from fables, nursery rhymes, comics, poetry, plays, science fiction and fantasy, providing a lens through which the evolution of childhood itself can be viewed. The scope is expansive — the fairy tales hail from Grimm and Perrault, but also from Francesca Lia Block and Julius Lester. Headnotes introduce authors and illustrators, often tracing the lineage between them: Lear's Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo as grandfather to Seuss's Sneetches, for instance. The volume contains dozens of complete works and hundreds of illustrations, including a 32-page color inset of seminal artwork from the likes of Greenaway, Brunhoff and Sendak. A mile wide and very deep, this is an invaluable resource for professionals, but fun for casual perusing, too. All ages." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Comprehensive and visually rich, this new Norton Anthology, in a beautiful slipcased gift edition, traces the remarkable innovation and enduring pleasures of children's literature.
This new Norton Anthology traces the remarkable innovation and enduring pleasures of children's literature. It includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres.
celebrates the richness and variety of over 350 years of literary works for children. This groundbreaking anthology includes 170 authors and illustrators of alphabets and animal fables, fairy tales and fantasy, picture books and nursery verse, among many other genres. Here readers will find beloved works by Charles Perrault, Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, L. M. Montgomery, and Dr. Seuss along with historical classics and Robert Louis Stevenson's --and major voices from the multicultural and global contemporary scene. Over 40 longer complete works and over 400 illustrations, including 60 in color, enhance this comprehensive and visually rich anthology.With introductions that offer fresh insights into the cultural contexts of children's literature and childhood itself over four centuries, author headnotes, annotations, bibliographies, and a timeline, illuminates a literary tradition whose power to instruct and delight is both centuries old and startlingly new.
About the Author
Jack Zipes (Ph.D. Columbia University) is a Professor of German at the University of Minnesota. In addition to his scholarly work on children's literature, he is an award-winning storyteller in public schools and has worked with various children's theaters. His major publications include Sticks and Stones: The Troublesome Success of Children's Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2000), Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales, Children, and the Culture Industry (1997), Fairy Tale as Myth/Myth as Fairy Tale (1994), The Brothers Grimm: From Enchanted Forests to the Modern World (1988), and Fairy Tales and the Art of Subversion: The Classical Genre for Children and the Process of Civilization (1983).Lissa Paul (Ph.D. York University) is a professor of education at Brock University. She is the author of Reading Otherways (1998), which was a finalist for the F. Harvey Darton Award for historical criticism. Her work on children's literature has appeared in Signal, The Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and The Horn Book, among others, and she is a co-editor of the children's literature journal The Lion and the Unicorn.Lynne Vallone (Ph.D. SUNY Buffalo) is a professor of English at Texas A&M University, where she teaches children's and young adult literature. She is the author of Becoming Victoria (2001) and Disciplines of Virtue: Girls' Culture in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries (1995) and the co-editor of Virtual Gender: Fantasies of Subjectivity and Embodiment (1999) and The Girl's Own: Cultural Histories of the Anglo-American Girl, 1830-1915 (1994).Peter Hunt (Ph.D. University of Wales) is a professor of English at Cardiff University, the first specialist in children's literature to be so appointed in a British university. He is the editor of Blackwell Guides to Literature: Children's Literature (2000), Children's Literature: An Anthology, 1801-1903 (2000), and An Introduction to Children's Literature (1994), as well as nine other books on the subject. His works of fiction include A Step off the Path (1985), Backtrack (1986), and Fay Cow and the Missing Milk (1989).Gillian Avery is a historian of children's literature based in Oxford. She is the author of Childhood's Pattern (1975) and Behold the Child: American Children and Their Books, 1621-1922 (1994), as well as co-editor of Children and their Books (1989) and Representations of Childhood Death (2000). She was chairman of the Children's Books History Society from 1987 to 1990.
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