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Author Michals, Teresa, 1963-

Title Books for children, books for adults : age and the novel from Defoe to James / Teresa Michals.

Publication Info. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2014.

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Description 1 online resource.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "In this groundbreaking and wide-ranging study, Teresa Michals explores why some books originally written for a mixed-age audience, such as Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, eventually became children's literature, while others, such as Samuel Richardson's Pamela, became adult novels. Michals considers how historically specific ideas about age shaped not only the readership of novels, but also the ways that characters are represented within them. Arguing that age is first understood through social status, and later through the ideal of psychological development, the book examines the new determination of authors at the end of the nineteenth century, such as Henry James, to write for an audience of adults only. In these novels and in their reception, a world of masters and servants became a world of adults and children"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Rewriting Robinson Crusoe: age and the island -- 3. Dating Pamela: Mr. B., Goody Two-Shoes, and the age of consent -- 4. Rational moralists, highland barbarians, and the taste for adventures -- 5. Educating Dickens: Old Boys, Little Mothers, and school time -- 6. 'The time of real amusement': Henry James and the cult of adulthood.
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Subject English fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
English fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 18th century -- History and criticism.
American fiction -- 19th century -- History and criticism.
Books and reading -- Great Britain -- History.
Books and reading -- United States -- History.
Fiction -- Appreciation -- History.
Children's literature -- History and criticism.
Adulthood in literature.
Children in literature.
Chronological Term 1700-1899
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Other Form: Print version: Michals, Teresa, 1963- Books for children, books for adults 9781107048546 (DLC) 2013039532 (OCoLC)861211819
ISBN 9781139871136 (electronic bk.)
1139871137 (electronic bk.)
9781107262201 (electronic bk.)
1107262208 (electronic bk.)