This rich survey of children's literature from the middle ages to the mid-nineteenth century features a remarkable variety of literary forms, including fairy tales, fables, letters, and poems. Drawing on an ever-growing body of scholarship, this anthology places each selection in the context of its era and helps students develop an appreciation of early children's literature.
Patricia Demers, Professor of English at the University of Alberta, has written extensively about children's literature. Her publications include Garland from the Golden Age, Women's Writing in English: Early Modern England, and an edition of Hannah More's Coelebs in Search of a Wife. She has published articles in Mosaic, English Studies in Canada, Semeia, Sixteenth Century Journal, Huntington Library Quarterly, Renaissance and Reformation, Bunyan Studies, Literature and Theology, and Topia, among others. She also teaches in the areas of early modern women's writing, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, 17th-century poetry, biblical literature, children's literature, and contemporary women's writing.
"The inclusion of more fairy tales and fables better represents an important area of children's literature, both for the specified time period and for later developments in the field." --Ann F. Howey, Brock University
"To me, this is the major resource on early children's literature; I find it very useful." --Gabrielle Ceraldi, Western University