First published in 1998, this volume explores how the genre of school stories had become firmly established by the turn of the twentieth century, having been built on the foundations laid by writers such as Thomas Hughes and F.W. Farrar. Stories for girls were also taking on a more exciting complexion, inspired by the ‘Katy’ books of Susan Coolidge.
The first five decades of the twentieth century saw further developments in children’s fiction. In this comprehensive volume, John and Jonathan Cooper examine each decade in turn, with alphabetically arranged entries on popular children’s writers that published works in English during that period. 206 different authors are covered, many from the United States and Canada. Each entry provides information on the author’s pseudonyms, date of birth, nationality, titles of works, place and date of publication and the publisher’s name. The artist responsible for a book’s illustrations is also identified where possible.
With over 200 illustrations of cover designs and dustwrappers, many of which are now rare and have never before been published, this book will delight collectors, dealers, scholars, librarians, parents and all those who simply enjoy reading children’s fiction.
Table of Contents
1. 1900-1909. 2. 1910-1919. 3. 1920-1929. 4. 1930-1939. 5. 1940-1950.
’Children’s Fiction 1900-1950 is profusely illustrated with 200 high quality black and white photographs- including many rare and exciting covers of first editions and also several interesting internal illustrations taken from the books under discussion. This book will appeal to all serious students and collectors of children’s fiction.’ Green Hedges Magazine ’this work is timely, useful, well-illustrated, a good handbook for a serious student and collector in the field’ Reference Reviews, Vol. 13, No.2 ’One of the best features is the many illustrations of dust wrappers and information is also given about the illustrators which is welcome.’ The New Chalet Club Journal, No. 14 ’The book is copiously illustrated with black and white illustrations, principally of dust jackets and book covers, and is well produced and bound.’ Rare Books Newsletter, No. 61