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The Juvenile Tradition: Young Writers and Prolepsis, 1750–1835

Laurie Langbauer


A juvenile tradition of young writers flourished in Britain between 1750 and 1835. Canonical Romantic poets as well as now-unknown youthful writers published as teenagers. These writers reflected on their literary juvenilia by using the trope of prolepsis to assert their writing as a literary tradition. Precocious writing, child prodigies, and early genius had been topics of interest since the eighteenth century. Child authors found new publication opportunities because of major shifts in the periodical press, publishing, and education. School magazines and popular juvenile magazines that awar ... More

Keywords: juvenilia, literary juvenilia, juvenile, child author, child writer, child poet, literary tradition, Romanticism, prolepsis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198739203
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198739203.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurie Langbauer, author
Professor of English, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill