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Written for Children: An Outline of English-Language Children's Literature

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This revised and updated edition provides children's and young adult librarians, teachers, literature classes, and library school classes with an authoritative history and analysis of the best British and American children's literature through 1994, with a new 2003 postscript including such recent phenomenons as J.K.Rowling and Philip Pullman. Written for Children traces t ...more
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Published May 1st 1996 by Scarecrow Press (first published January 1st 1974)
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Lynley
The main thing this book has against it in 2015 is that it's getting a little old. Not that this is the book's fault.

The author inserts his own personality and preferences into the writing, which is not what I was expecting -- I was expecting more of an academic book. This is more a series of reviews. The degree to which you find this irritating will probably depend on how much you agree with him.
Hayley
This book is a must read for anyone interested in the theory and history of children's literature. Townsend smoothly guides readers through the evolution of writing for the young, mentioning classics from each decade, why they were written, and why they were successful. Written for Children is informative as well as entertaining--Townsend's personality, insights, and sense of humor all come through in his writing. I learned a lot and enjoyed myself in the process.
Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides
I think his introductory remarks about childhood in Tudor England might be an overly broad treatment, but the book as a whole looks interesting.
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John Rowe Townsend (born 1922) is a British children's author and academic. His best-known children's novel is The Intruder, which won a 1971 Edgar Award, and his best-known academic work is Written for Children: An Outline of English Language Children's Literature (1965), the definitive work of its time on the subject.

He was born in Leeds, and studied at Leeds Grammar School and Emmanuel College
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