Penny Histories

Penny Histories

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  • Hardback | 236 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • 7ill.
  • 0192780042
  • 9780192780041

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Mr. Neuburg's modestly-named "introduction" is better identified by the subtitle - "a study of chapbooks for young readers over two centuries" - and comprises almost half the volume. Treated in some detail are their contents (drawn largely from medieval romance and English folklore); their printing and selling in London and the provinces in the 18th century; the (lesser) role of the chapbook in America, its subjects (many "Indian Captivity" tales), authors and publishers. With the 19th century, the penny history was abandoned by adults but remained a bastion of the fairy tale and nursery rhyme in a period of didactic literature for children. Representative forms (including A Peep at the Various Nations of the World) may be found among the seven facsimile reproductions that comprise the balance of the book. (Kirkus Reviews)
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