The child writer from Austen to Woolf

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  • "This collection on childhood writings is intended to recognize the child's own authentic voice and authority, and to explore a category of literature that has been largely neglected"--Introd.
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Introduction / Christine Alexander, Juliet McMaster -- Nineteenth-century juvenilia: a survey / Christine Alexander -- Play and apprenticeship: the culture of family magazines / Christine Alexander -- What Daisy knew: the epistemology of the child writer / Juliet McMaster -- Defining and representing literary juvenilia / Christine Alexander -- Jane Austen, that disconcerting 'child' / Margaret Anne Doody -- Endless imitation: Austen's and Byron's juvenilia / Rachel M. Brownstein -- Childhood writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning: 'At four I first mounted Pagasus' / Beverly Taylor -- Autobiography and juvenilia: the fractured self in Charlotte Brontë's early manuscripts / Christine Alexander -- The child is parent to the author: Branwell Brontë / Victor A. Neufeldt -- Choosing a model: George Eliot's 'prentice hand / Juliet McMaster -- Precocity and the economy of the evangelical self in John Ruskin's juvenilia / David C. Hanson -- Louisa May Alcott's juvenilia / Daniel Shealy -- Dr Arnold's granddaughter: Mary Augusta Ward / Gillian E. Boughton -- New woman, 'new boots': Amy Levy as a child journalist / Naomi Hetherington -- An annotated bibliography of nineteenth-century juvenilia / Lesley Peterson, Leslie Robertson
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