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Childhood and the Classics: Britain and America, 1850-1965

Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts


This book explores the childhood reception of classical antiquity in Britain and the United States over a century-long period beginning in the mid-nineteenth century, with a focus on two genres of children’s literature– the myth collection and the historical novel—and on adults’ literary responses to their own childhood encounters with antiquity. The book recognizes the fundamental role in writing for children of adults’ ideas about what children want or need, but also attends to the ways in which child readers make such works their own. The authors first trace the tradition of myths retold as ... More

Keywords: classical reception, childhood reading, myth collections, historical fiction, memoirs, late nineteenth century, early twentieth century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199583478
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199583478.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sheila Murnaghan, author
Alfred Reginald Allen Memorial Professor of Greek, University of Pennsylvania

Deborah H. Roberts, author
William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Classics and Comparative Literature, Haverford College