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Author Goldthwaite, John.
Title The natural history of make-believe : a guide to the principal works of Britain, Europe, and America / John Goldthwaite.
Imprint New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.

Author Goldthwaite, John.
Subject Children's literature -- History and criticism.
Fantasy literature -- History and criticism.
Children -- Books and reading.
Description 1 online resource (viii, 386 pages)
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 361-370) and index.
Contents The world three inches tall : the descent of the nursery rhyme -- A faculty for the muses (I) : fairy tales and tutors -- A tutor recants : the unwriting of Alice in Wonderland -- A faculty for the muses (II) : the name of the muse -- A faculty for the muses (III) : over the rainbow -- The black rabbit : a fable of, by, and for the people -- Sis Beatrix : the fable in the nursery -- The green pastures : the descent of the fable.
Note Print version record.
Summary The man in the moon has dropped down for a visit, Alice is passing through a looking glass, Dorothy riding a tornado to Oz, and Jack climbing a beanstalk to the heavens. To enter the world of children's literature is to journey to a realm where the real and the enchanted exist side by side. Spanning three centuries from Perrault's fairy tales to Sendak's Where the Wild Things Are, this volume provides the first literary study devoted solely to imaginative writings for children, and the only history to gather together all the major works of Britain, Europe, and America. In tracing how the nursery rhyme, the fairy tale, and the beast fable evolved into modern nonsense verse and narrative fantasy, we are offered fascinating insights into the works of Beatrix Potter, Rudyard Kipling, Kenneth Grahame, and A.A. Milne, amongst others. Goldthwaite's bold claims will inspire some readers and outrage others. He hails Pinocchio, for example, as the greatest of all children's books, but views C.S Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia as a parable that is not only misogynistic but also deeply blasphemous.
ISBN 1429415355 (electronic bk.)
9781429415354 (electronic bk.)
0195038061 (Cloth)
OCLC # 76883047
Additional Format Print version: Goldthwaite, John. Natural history of make-believe. New York : Oxford University Press, 1996 0195038061 (DLC) 95031813 (OCoLC)32894948.

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