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le plus loin le plus serré
mourning art

in memoriam

"yet I tell you, from the sad knowledge of my older experience, that to every one of you a day will most likely come when sunshine, hope, presents and pleasure will be worth nothing to you in comparison with the unattainable gift of your mother's kiss." (Christina Rossetti, "Speaking Likenesses," 1873)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

the first world war

An absence I have only recently (as in, the last 48 hours) started thinking about: WHERE or WHAT are the children's books about or written during the first world war??? I can think of, off the top of my head, quite a number of children's texts of the holocaust/second world war, but the first world war?????

Since I'm in the middle of putting together the bibliography for my PhD Project (material culture of childhood), I've been going through my Oxford Companion to Children's Lit, page by page, looking out significant texts. I've started keeping an eye out for books of the first world war, and I haven't really come up with much. Sir Hugh Walpole wrote a series of books (Jeremy is the first) in the late teens and early 20s (I checked Jeremy out of the library today - it was published in 1917), but other than that I'm coming up empty.

There's Barrie's novelization of Peter Pan in 1911; there's Milne's Pooh books in 1926. what came in between?

a quick, superficial google search of children's literature and world war one turned about very, very little; though I found one woman's blog that suggests she is working on a Lion & the Unicorn on children's lit & WWI. i should really get a subscription to lion & the unicorn....

anyway, i've gotten extremely curious about the first world war, and I have a number of histories out from the library. but i'm even MORE curious about this absence of children's texts - it needs looking into!

Saturday, January 06, 2007


I'm trawling through the Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, trying to assemble a comprehensive bibliography for my PhD project, and I came across an entry that sums up the writer's work: "Her books are sentimental and poorly written."


what a way to be remembered.....