Early Blossoms of Genius: Child Poets at the End of the Long 18th Century

  • Katharine Kittredge Ithaca College


Few children from the past have written accounts of their lives which subsequent [adult] generations have found worthy of preservation. A rare exception to this rule can be found in the many books of poetry published by juvenile (under the age of twenty-one) British authors during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This study explores the range of these authors' works, along with their reception, and considers how these reflect the attitudes to children at that time.

Author Biography

Katharine Kittredge, Ithaca College
Kavid Beagley is Lecturer in Children's Literature and Literacy at La Trobe University's Bendigo campus, Victoria, Australia, where he teaches units in Genres, History, Australian and Post-colonial children's literature. He has previously taught in secondary schools, and has been a school and university librarian.