In this highly original collection, the largely overlooked genre of childhood writings by major authors is explored. The earliest writings of authors, including Austen, Byron, Barrett, Charlotte and Branwell Brontë, Alcott, George Eliot, Ruskin, Carroll and Woolf, are fascinating in themselves and for the promise of greater works to come.
Part I. Childhood Writings: 1. Introduction Christine Alexander and Juliet McMaster; 2. Nineteenth-century juvenilia: a survey Christine Alexander; 3. Play and apprenticeship: the culture of family magazines Christine Alexander; 4. What Daisy knew: the epistemology of the child writer Juliet McMaster; 5. Defining and representing literary juvenilia Christine Alexander; Part II. Individual Authors: 6. Jane Austen, that disconcerting 'Child' Margaret Doody; 7. Endless imitation: Austen's and Byron's juvenilia Rachel Brownstein; 8. Childhood writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning Beverly Taylor; 9. Autobiography and juvenilia: the fractured self in Charlotte Brontë's early manuscripts Christine Alexander; 10. The child is parent to the author: Branwell Brontë Victor Neufeldt; 11. Choosing a model: George Eliot's 'Prentice Hand' Juliet McMaster; 12. Precocity and the economy of the evangelical self in John Ruskin's juvenilia David C. Hanson; 13. Louisa May Alcott's juvenilia Daniel Shealy; 14. Dr Arnold's granddaughter: Mary Augusta Ward Gillian Boughton; 15. New woman, new boots: Amy Levy as child journalist Naomi Hetherington; 16. An annotated bibliography of nineteenth-century juvenilia Lesley Peterson and Leslie Robertson.
"This book may be the start of a new area of study. Summing Up: Highly recommended."
"This ambitious book is remarkable as a look at the potential of juvenilia scholarship, particularly the potential of shattering traditional assumptions about the literary merit of child writing."