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Sheila Murnaghan and Deborah H. Roberts

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780199583478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780199583478.001.0001

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Classics in their Own Right

Classics in their Own Right

Visions and Revisions of Hawthorne and Kingsley

(p.47) 2 Classics in their Own Right
Childhood and the Classics

Sheila Murnaghan

Deborah H. Roberts

Oxford University Press

This chapter traces the reception of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s and Charles Kingsley’s mid-nineteenth-century myth collections for children (A Wonder-Book for Girls and Boys, Tanglewood Tales, and The Heroes) over a century-long period during which they dominated the field and came to be viewed as classics in their own right. It treats the general cultural impact of these works, their role as gift books, and their progressive transformation as they were republished in varying formats and with illustrations by an array of distinguished artists; it includes detailed analyses of selected illustrations by Frederick Church, Milo Winter, Arthur Rackham, Charles Kingsley, William Russell Flint, H. M. Brock, Joan Kiddell-Monroe, and Charles Keeping.

Keywords:   Nathaniel Hawthorne, Charles Kingsley, Frederick Church, Milo Winter, Arthur Rackham, William Russell Flint, H. M. Brock, Joan Kiddell-Monroe, Charles Keeping, book illustration

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