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The Wind in the Willows

Kenneth Grahame (1859-1932) was a British writer, mainly of the sort of fiction and fantasy written for children but enjoyed equally if not more by adults. He is most famous for The Wind in the Willows (1908), one of the classics of children’s literature. He also wrote The Reluctant Dragon, which was much later adapted […]

Tom Brown’s School Days

Thomas Hughes (1822-1896), who also wrote under the pseudonym An Old Boy, was an English lawyer and author. He was elected to Parliament as a Liberal for Lambeth (1865-1868), and for Frome (1868-1874). An avid social reformer, he became interested in the Christian socialism movement led by Frederick Maurice, which he had joined in 1848. […]

Tales of the Punjab

Flora Annie Steel nee Webster (who also wrote under the pseudonym A Fellow Mortal) (1847-1929) was an English writer. In 1867 she married a member of the Indian civil service, and for the next twenty-two years lived in India, chiefly in the Punjab, with which most of her books are connected. She was interested in […]

Tales of Fantasy and Fact

Professor James Brander Matthews (1852-1929), who also wrote under the pseudonym Arthur Penn, was a U. S. writer and educator. Matthews was the first U. S. professor of dramatic literature. He graduated from Columbia College in 1871, where he was a member of St. Anthony Hall, and from Columbia Law School in 1873, but turned […]

Queen Zixi of Ix

Lyman Frank Baum (1856-1919) was an American author, actor, and independent filmmaker best known as the creator, along with illustrator W. W. Denslow, of one of the most popular books ever written in American children’s literature, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900), better known today as simply The Wizard of Oz. He wrote thirteen sequels, […]

The Quadrupeds’ Pic-Nic, and Naughty Puppies

The ‘Quadrupeds’ Pic-Nic’ is a very humble imitation of Mrs. Dorset’s ‘Peacock at Home. ‘ Even in my imitation I find I am not original. The Quadrupeds, it appears, have already had an ‘Elephants’ Ball, ‘ and a ‘Lions’ Masquerade. ‘ ‘No doubt you have heard how the grasshoppers’ feasts ‘Excited the spleen of the […]

Old World Hero Stories

Eva March Tappan (1854-1930) was the American author of: Old Ballads in Prose (1901), In the Days of Queen Elizabeth (1902), In the Days of Queen Victoria (1903), Golden Goose (1905), Stories from Seven Old Favorites (1907), When Knights Were Bold (1911), Diggers in the Earth (1916), Ella: A Little Schoolgirl of the Sixties (1923), […]

The Odyssey for Boys and Girls

Alfred John Church (1829-1912) was an English classical scholar. He was born in London and was educated at King’s College London, and Lincoln College, Oxford, he took holy orders and was an assistant-master at Merchant Taylors’ School for many years. From 1880 until 1888 he was professor of Latin at University College, London. While at […]

A Little Pretty Pocket-Book

John Newbery (1713-1767) was a British publisher of books who first made children’s literature a sustainable and profitable part of the literary market. He also supported and published the works of Christopher Smart, Oliver Goldsmith and Samuel Johnson. In honour of his achievements in children’s publishing, the Newbery Medal was named after him. By 1740 […]

Little Lucy’s Wonderful Globe

Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output. She was devoted to the Church of England, and much influenced by John Keble, a near neighbour and one of the leaders of the Oxford Movement. Her novels reflected the values and concerns of Anglo-Catholicism. She began writing in 1848, and published […]

The Iliad for Boys and Girls

Alfred John Church (1829-1912) was an English classical scholar. He was born in London and was educated at King’s College London, and Lincoln College, Oxford, he took holy orders and was an assistant-master at Merchant Taylors’ School for many years. From 1880 until 1888 he was professor of Latin at University College, London. While at […]

The Ice-Maiden and Other Tales

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-1875) was a Danish author and poet, most famous for his fairy tales. Most English (as well as German and French) sources use the name ‘Hans Christian Andersen’, but in Denmark and the rest of Scandinavia he is usually referred to as merely ‘H. C. Andersen. ‘ During Andersen’s lifetime he was […]

Holiday Tales

Florence Wilford (1836-? ) was the author of: Holiday Tales, Nigel Bartram’s Ideal, An Author’s Children, and Beneath the Cross: Readings for Children in Our Lord’s Seven Sayings. ‘Mamma, there’s such a fine poem here about ‘seven lovely Campbells’ whose father’s name was Archibald; it must mean us, -don’t you think so? ‘ And a […]

Histoire D’un Casse-Noisette

Alexandre Dumas (1802-1870) est un écrivain français. Il est né a Villers-Cotterêts (Aisne). Il reçut une éducation plutot mediocre. Après des études négligées, il travailla comme clerc chez un notaire et débuta la rédaction de pièces de théâtre avec son ami, le vicomte Adolphe Ribbing de Leuven. Ces premiers essais furent autant d’échecs. En 1823, […]

The Gorgon’s Head

From the book A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys (1852) by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne, a re-writing of some of the most famous of the ancient Greek myths in a volume for children. Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) was a 19th century American novelist and short story writer. He is seen as a key figure in the […]

Fairy Tales

Marie-Catherine, Baronne d’Aulnoy, née Le Jumel de Barneville in Barneville-la-Bertran (1651-1705) was a French writer known for her fairy tales. When she termed her works Contes de Fée (Fairy Tales, 1697), she originated the term that is now generally used for the genre. In 1666, she was given at the age of sixteen in an […]

Fairy Tales of the Slav Peasants and Herdsmen

Aleksander Borejko Chodzko/Chodsko coat of arms Kozciesza (1804-1891) was a Polish poet, Slavist and Iranologist. He was a Native of Krzywicze in the Polish- Lithuanian Commonwealth. Chodsko was an Alumnus of the University of Vilnius, and a friend of poet Adam Mickiewicz. He was an Alumnus of the Institute of Oriental Studies that was attached […]

The Fairy Book

Dinah Maria Craik, née Dinah Maria Mulock, also often credited as Miss Mulock (1826-1887) was an English novelist and poet. She was determined to obtain a livelihood by her pen, and, beginning with fiction for children, advanced steadily until placed in the front rank of the women novelists of her day. She is best known […]

The Doers

William John Hopkins (1863-1926) was the author of: Telephone Lines and Their Properties (1894), The Sandman (1904), The Clammer (1906), The Airship Dragon-Fly (1906), Old Harbor (1909), Meddlings of Eve (1910), Concerning Sally (1912), The Doers (1914), Burbury Stoke (1914), The Clammer and the Submarine (1917) and She Blows! and Sparm at That! (1922). ‘ONCE […]

Cinderella; or, the Little Glass Slipper

HERE once lived a gentleman and his wife, who were the parents of a lovely little daughter. When this child was only nine years of age, her mother fell sick. Finding her death coming on, she called her child to her and said to her, ‘My child, always be good; bear every thing that happens […]

The Chaucer Story Book

Eva March Tappan (1854-1930) was the American author of: Old Ballads in Prose (1901), In the Days of Queen Elizabeth (1902), In the Days of Queen Victoria (1903), Golden Goose (1905), Stories from Seven Old Favorites (1907), When Knights Were Bold (1911), Diggers in the Earth (1916), Ella: A Little Schoolgirl of the Sixties (1923), […]

The Boy Crusaders: A Story of the Days of Louis IX

John George Edgar (1834-1864) was a British author and biographer. He was the first editor of Every Boy’s Magazine. His works include: The Boyhood of Great Men (1853), Footprints of Famous Men (1854), History for Boys; or, Annals of the Nations of Modern Europe (1855), Boy-Princes; or, Scions of Royalty Cut Off in Youth (1857), […]

Bo-Peep Story Books

Cinderella; or, the Glass Slipper, Beauty and the Beast, Princess Rosetta, Little Red Riding Hood, The Sleeping Beauty in the Wood, The Fair One With Golden Locks, Old Mother Hubbard, Little Bo-Peep, The Old Woman and her Eggs, Old Mother Goose, The Story of the Three Bears, Little Goody Two-Shoes, The House that Jack Built […]

Beauty and the Beast

Anne Isabella Thackeray Ritchie (1837-1919) was an English writer. She was the eldest daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray. She spent her childhood in France and, in 1863, published The Story of Elizabeth with immediate success. Several works followed including: To Esther and Other Sketches (1869), The Village on the Cliff, Old Kensington, Tailors and Spinsters […]

Asiatic Breezes; or, Students on the Wing

William Taylor Adams (1822-1897) was a noted academic, author, and Massachusetts state legislator. He was born in Medway, Massachusetts. He became a teacher in the Boston, Massachusetts public schools in 1845, and remained in that capacity through 1865. He served as a member of the School Board of Dorchester, Massachusetts, for 14 years. In 1869, […]

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