Savage Girls and Wild Boys

Savage Girls and Wild Boys : A History of Feral Children

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Wild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries, and continue to do so today. In a haunting and hugely readable study, Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases. He looks at Peter the Wild Boy, who gripped the attention of Swift and Defoe, and at Victor of Aveyron who roamed the forests of revolutionary France. He tells the story of a savage girl lost on the streets of Paris; of two children brought up by wolves in the jungles of India; of a boy brought up among monkeys in Uganda; and in Moscow, of a child found living with a pack of wild dogs.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 312 pages
  • 140 x 208 x 18mm | 363g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0312423357
  • 9780312423353
  • 610,429

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"Newton is a supple, intelligent writer, more an essayist than a scholar." --Laura Miller,

"Extraordinary...[shows] great courage." --Rocky Mountain News (Denver)

"Newton is a consummate storyteller...[a] detailed study." --Publishers Weekly

"This is a richly referenced compilation." --Library Journal

"A collection of six, extraordinary individual histories, beautifully navigated." --The Evening Standard (UK)

"[An] absorbing study...he shows a keen and sensitive understanding." --The Sunday Times (UK)
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About Michael Newton

Michael Newton has taught at University College London and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Savage Girls and Wild Boys is his first book. He currently teaches at Princeton University. He divides his time between London and Princeton, New Jersey.
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337 ratings
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5 15% (51)
4 28% (94)
3 33% (110)
2 18% (59)
1 7% (23)
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