Books for Children, Books for Adults: Age and the Novel from Defoe to James

Books for Children, Books for Adults: Age and the Novel from Defoe to James

By: Teresa Michals (author)Paperback

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In this groundbreaking and wide-ranging study, Teresa Michals explores why some books originally written for a mixed-age audience, such as Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, eventually became children's literature, while others, such as Samuel Richardson's Pamela, became adult novels. Michals considers how historically specific ideas about age shaped not only the readership of novels, but also the ways that characters are represented within them. Arguing that age is first understood through social status, and later through the ideal of psychological development, the book examines the new determination of authors at the end of the nineteenth century, such as Henry James, to write for an audience of adults only. In these novels and in their reception, a world of masters and servants became a world of adults and children.

About Author

Teresa Michals is Assistant Professor in the Department of English Literature at George Mason University, Virginia.


1. Introduction; 2. Rewriting Robinson Crusoe: age and the island; 3. Dating Pamela: Mr B., Goody Two-Shoes, and the age of consent; 4. Rational moralists, highland barbarians, and the taste for adventures; 5. Educating Dickens: Old Boys, Little Mothers, and school time; 6. 'The time of real amusement': Henry James and the cult of adulthood.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9781107649262
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 290
  • ID: 9781107649262
  • weight: 400
  • ISBN10: 1107649269

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