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Children's literature first became a distinct body of writing and publishing in the eighteenth century. Until the seventeenth century, children were usually considered as smaller versions of adults. As the notion of "childhood" as a distinct part of life emerged, a distinct body of literature emerged as well, designed both to entertain and edify this new class of readers. But for much of its history, books written for children were not seen as worthy of scholarly attention. Recently this has changed with everyone from literary critics, to psychologists, to anthropologists, to historians studying this incredibly rich outpouring.
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature is the first multi-volume set to document and interpret the books read by children in the English-speaking world. It includes brief biographies of every major author and illustrator, and features essays on all genres of children's literature, individual works, and prominent trends and themes, as well as general essays on the traditions of children's literature in many countries of the world. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature is available in print and as an e-reference text from Oxford's Digital Reference Shelf.
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Book Description Oxford University Press, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110195146565
Book Description Oxford Univ. Press, New York, NY, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Illustrated by Photographs and Drawings (illustrator). This wonderful four-volume set covers almost everything you could want to know about children's books. As with all encyclopedias it is in alphabetical order and includes first a list of entries. These short writings include information on authors (including a list of books written) , book titles, and essays on book topics (ABC, Elves, Fantasy, Comics and so forth) , and bibliographies with some of the entries. Each entry includes the contributor's name. Volume 4 contains a selected bibliography, awards, Collections of Children's Literature, Topical Outline, Directory of Contributors and an index for the set. This set is a great resource for those of us who tire of looking everything up on the internet; it is also enjoyable to read as you may find interesting topics of which you have little knowledge. Most writings are no longer than a page. Four-volume set is heavy, approximately 7" on your shelves. ; 4to - over 9Â¾ - 12" tall. Seller Inventory # 003659
Book Description Oxford University Press, 2006. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0195146565
Book Description Oxford Univ Pr, 2006. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. library ed edition. 1952 pages. 11.50x9.00x7.00 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # 0195146565