A study of the lives and works of four major children's writers of the nineteenth century: Juliana Ewing, Mrs Molesworth, Frances Hodgson Burnett and E. Nesbit all authors who projected onto posterity a halcyon image of Victorian childhood that was in some ways in conflict both with reality and with the lives lived by the authors of such classic tales as The Secret Garden,The Cuckoo Clock and The Railway Children. Contents Biographical Outlines 1. Introduction: Threads in the Tapestry 2. Juliana Horatia Ewing 3. Mary Louisa Molesworth 4. Frances Hodgson Burnett 5. Edith Nesbit Notes Select Bibliography Index AUTHOR: Mary Sebag-Montefiore is writer and critic who has written widely on Victorian literature.
Mary Sebag-Montifiore has published many articles including: Nice Girls Don't (But Want To): work ethic conflicts and conundrums in Mrs Molesworth's Books for Girls (The Lion & The Unicorn, John Hopkins Press, vol 26, no. 3, Sept 2002; Jane Carlyle & Sir David Davidson; The Story of a Friendship, Studies in Scottish Literature with Professor Kenneth Fielding; Haloes and Hyprocisy - the Victorian Dilemma of Ethics, Upbringing and the Children of the Underclass.