1st Edition

Girls’ School Stories, 1749–1929

    2444 Pages
    by Routledge

    As part of on-going projects to retrieve women writers from the side-lines of literary and cultural history, the collections explore the growing interest from scholars of literature, history and gender studies in girls?€? print culture . School stories generate particular interest because of their significance to the history of girls reading, their engagement with cultural ideas and the education and socialization of girls. This collection is edited by two literary scholars with expertise in Victorian literature and children?€?s literature and will appeal to scholars working on girls?€? and women?€?s popular fiction, and the history of girls?€? education and women?€?s higher education.



    1. Sarah Fielding, The Governess, or The Little Female Academy (Dublin: 1749), pp. 1–23.

    2. Dorothy Kilner, Anecdotes of a Boarding School; or, An Antidote to the Vices of Those Useful Seminaries, Vols. I and II (London: John Marshall and Co, 1790).

    3. Emma Worboise, Grace Hamilton’s Schooldays (Bath: Binns and Goodwin, 1856), chs. V, VI, and VII.

    4. Grace Stebbing, ‘Mademoiselle Makes Hot Coffee’, That Aggravating School-Girl (London: James Nisbet and Co., 1885), pp. 224–32.

    5. Elizabeth Westyn Timlow, ‘Where is Hester?’ and ‘Mrs Conway’, A Nest of Girls, or Boarding-School Days (New York: E. P. Dutton, 1901), pp. 242–77.

    6. Ethel Hume Bennett, ‘Putting It Through’, Judy of York Hill (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1922), pp. 65–86.

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    7. Anon, The Boarding School; or, Familiar Conversations Between a Governess and Her Pupils, Written for the Amusement and Instruction of Young Ladies (London: G. & W. B. Whittaker, 1823), pp. 14–25.

    8. L. T. Meade, Wild Kitty (London: W. & R. Chambers, 1897).

    9. Agnes Adams, ‘Vic and the Refugee’, Australasian Girl’s Annual (1916), pp. 9–16.

    10. Pamela Hinkson, ‘Marie’, Collins’ Schoolgirls Annual (London: Collins’ Clear-Type P, c. 1923), pp. 16–54.


    11. Mary Hughes, The Rebellious Schoolgirl (London: William Darton, 1821).

    12. Edis Seale, ‘Our Plot’, Maggie’s Mistake: A Schoolgirl’s Story (London: Seeley, Jackson & Halliday, 1874), pp. 143–61.

    13. Evelyn Sharp, The Making of a Schoolgirl (New York and London: John Lane, 1897).

    14. Raymond Jacberns (Georgiana Mary Isabel Ash), The Girls of Cromer Hall (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1905), pp. 9–48.

    15. L. L. Weedon, Madcap Molly (London: Ernest Nister, 1903), pp. 31–53.

    16. Katherine Newlin, ‘Teddy vs. Theodora’, Australian Girl’s Annual (1910), pp. 8–18.

    17. Lilian Turner, ‘The Girl from the Back-Blocks’ and ‘In Ambush’, The Girl from the Backblocks (London: Ward, Lock and Co., 1914), pp. 88–109.


    18. Juliana Ewing, Six to Sixteen: A Story for Girls (London: George Bell, 1886), pp. 58–76.

    19. Angela Brazil, ‘The School Union’, The Patriotic Schoolgirl (London: Blackie & Son, 1918).

    20. Elsie Jeanette Oxenham, The Abbey Girls (London: Collins Clear-Type Press, 1920).

    21. Margaret C. Field, ‘Out of Bounds’, Australian Girls Annual (1925), pp. 105–8.

    22. Jean Ashley, ‘A True Sport’, Our Girl’s Annual (1928), pp. 323–7.

    23. Ethel Talbot, ‘A Guide and a Ghost’, Girl Guide Stories (London: Thomas Nelson and Sons, 1929), pp. 86–96.


    24. Anon, Little Pansy: A Story of the School Life of a Minister’s Orphan Daughter (Edinburgh: William Oliphant, 1864), pp. 15–29.

    25. Isabella Fyvie Mayo, ‘Aunt Winifred’s Friends’, Routledge Every Girl’s Annual (1881), pp. 71–6.

    26. Louise Mack, Teens: A Story of Australian Schoolgirls (Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1897).

    27. Jessie Graham Flower, ‘The Accident of Friendships’, Grace Harlowe’s Plebe Year at High School (Philadelphia: Henry Altemus, 1910), pp. 7–18.

    28. Marjorie Stanton, ‘The Girl Who Kept to Herself’, Schoolgirls Own Annual (1923), pp. 195–223.

    29. Constance Mackness, ‘The Annual Dance’, The Glad School (Sydney: Cornstalk Publishing, 1927), pp. 125–34.

    30. Mary Bourchier Sanford, ‘The Merry Maids of Meridel: A Story of Canadian School Life’, Schoolgirls Story Bumper (unknown date and publisher).


    31. SOLA (Olive San Louie Anderson), An American Girl and Her Four Years in a Boys’ College (New York: D. Appleton, 1878).

    32. L. T. Meade, ‘Going Out in the World’, ‘Why Priscilla Peel Went to St. Benet’s’, ‘College Life’, ‘Two Extremes’, and ‘"Come and Kill the Bogie"’, A Sweet Girl Graduate (London: Cassell, 1891), pp. 7–12, 45–60, 197–209, 243–55.

    33. Abbe Carter Goodloe, ‘Revenge’, College Girls (New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1895), pp. 165–86.

    34. Grace Stebbing, ‘The New Woman’, Young Woman, 4 (1896), pp. 405–10.

    35. L. Elliott, ‘Woman’s Suffrage at St. Austin’s’, Girl’s Realm, 14 (1912), pp. 402–6.

    36. Florence Bone, ‘The Blues and the Purples’, Margot’s Secret, or, The Fourth Form at Victoria College (London: S. W. Partridge, 1911), pp. 121–34.

    37. Jean Webster, ‘The Virgil Strike’, Just Patty (New York: Grosset and Dunlap, 1911), pp. 65–98.

    38. Beatrice Embree, ‘Jill at Work and Play’, The Girls of Miss Clevelands (Toronto: Musson Book Company, 1920), pp. 147–69.


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