The Child Writer from Austen to Woolf

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Christine Alexander, Juliet McMaster
Cambridge University Press, 2005 M06 16 - 312 pages
In this highly original collection leading scholars address the largely overlooked genre of childhood writings by major authors, and explore the genesis of genius. The book includes essays on the first writings of Jane Austen, Byron, Elizabeth Barrett, Charlotte and Branwell Brontë, Louisa May Alcott, George Eliot, John Ruskin, Lewis Carroll and Virginia Woolf. All began writing for pleasure as children, and later developed their professional ambitions. In bursts of creative energy, these young authors, as well as those like Daisy Ashford, who wrote only as a child, produced prose, verse, imitation and parody, wild romance and down-to-earth daily records. Their juvenile writings are fascinating both in themselves, and for the promise of greater works to come. The volume includes an invaluable and thorough annotated bibliography of juvenilia, and will stimulate many directions for research in this lively and fascinating topic.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Nineteenthcentury juvenilia a survey
11
Play and apprenticeship the culture of family magazines
31
What Daisy knew the epistemology of the child writer
51
Defining and representing literary juvenilia
70
Jane Austen that disconcerting child
101
Endless imitation Austens and Byrons juvenilia
122
Childhood writings of Elizabeth Barrett Browning At four I first mounted Pegasus
138
The child is parent to the author Branwell Bronte
173
Choosing a model George Eliots prentice hand
188
Precocity and the economy of the evangelical self in John Ruskins juvenilia
200
Louisa May Alcotts juvenilia
222
Dr Arnolds granddaughter Mary Augusta Ward
237
New Woman New Boots Amy Levy as child journalist
254
An annotated bibliography of nineteenthcentury juvenilia
269
Index
304

Autobiography and juvenilia the fractured self in Charlotte Brontes early manuscripts
154

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