Child Reader, 1700-1840 (Hardback)
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Short Description for Child Reader, 1700-1840 This 2011 book is a major study of child readers and their reading habits in the period when children's literature first became established.
- Published: 28 March 2011
- Format: Hardback 338 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521196444 ISBN 10: 0521196442
- Sales rank: 696,229
Full description for Child Reader, 1700-1840
Children's literature, as we know it today, first came into existence in Britain in the eighteenth century. This 2011 book is the first major study to consider who the first users of this new product were, which titles they owned, how they acquired and used their books, and what they thought of them. Evidence of these things is scarce. But by drawing on a diverse array of sources, including inscriptions and marginalia, letters and diaries, inventories and parish records, and portraits and pedagogical treatises, and by pioneering exciting methodologies, it has been possible to reconstruct both sociological profiles of consumers and the often touching experiences of individual children. Grenby's discoveries about the owners of children's books, and their use, abuse and perception of this new product, will be key to understanding how children's literature was able to become established as a distinct and flourishing element of print culture.