Dictionary of British Children's Fiction: Vol. 1 (A-M); Books of Recognized Merit

Dictionary of British Children's Fiction: Vol. 1 (A-M); Books of Recognized Merit

by Alethea K. Helbig, Agnes Regan Perkins

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Overview

Written for librarians, teachers, and researchers who deal with children's literature, this volume offers comprehensive coverage of nearly 400 British books for young people published from 1678 to the present. Books chosen for inclusion were drawn from those that have won recognized awards for literary merit or have been on lists citing works that should be part of any representative children's book collection. For each, the authors provide concise entries for authors, titles, characters, memorable settings, significant movements, and literary terminology. The result is an unusually complete overview of a broad spectrum of fiction recognized for merit by a wide variety of experts in children's literature.

The dictionary section includes four types of entries: title, author, character, and miscellaneous or additional data. Every book has title and author entries; additional information is presented in character and miscellaneous entries where necessary. Author entries provide basic biographical data, focusing particularly on what in the author's life is most relevant to children's literature. Title entries include bibliographic information, a brief plot summary, sub-genre, setting, a critical evaluation, and any awards and citations. An extensive index enables the reader to locate books by period, topic, theme, and characters' names, as well as by author and title. The only one-volume compilation of the best in British children's fiction available to date, this book belongs on the shelves of every academic and public library. As a basic research tool, it will also be of significant value to teachers of children's literature, writers, and social historians.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780313272394
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 09/26/1989
Pages: 887
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.87(d)

About the Author

ALETHEA K. HELBIG is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She coauthored, with Agnes Regan Perkins, Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984 (Greenwood Press, 1986), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1859-1959: Books of Recognized Merit(Greenwood Press, 1985) and has published articles in Children's Literature, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, The Alan Review, American Women Writers, and Writers for Children. She compiled Straight on Till Morning: Poems of the Imaginary World and Dusk to Dawn: Poems of Night (with Agnes Perkins). Professor Helbig is Past-President of the Children's Literature Association (International).

AGNES REGAN PERKINS is Professor of English Language and Literature at Eastern Michigan University. She is co-author, with Alethea K. Helbig, of Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1960-1984 (Greenwood Press, 1986), Dictionary of American Children's Fiction, 1859-1959 (Greenwood Press, 1985) and has published articles in A Tolkien Compass, Unicorn, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and Writers for Children. In addition, she is co-compiler of New Coasts and Strange Harbors: Discovering Poems (with Helen Hill), Straight on Till Morning: Poems of the Imaginary World, and Dusk to Dawn: Poems of Night (with Alethea Helbig).

Table of Contents

Preface

Abbreviations

The Dictionary

Index

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