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the Golden Age of Childrens Literature
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Forum for the discussion of 19th and early 20th century children’s literature
This forum is for the informative, scholarly and insightful but by no means stodgy and intellectually elitist discussion of all aspects of the golden age of children’s literature. A time period generally considered to have begun with the publication of John Ruskins “the King of the Golden River” and ending with A.A. Milnes “Winnie the Pooh” stories. It is our purpose to discuss all relevant matters pertaining to this genre including but not limited to the authors, illustrators, muses, social and religious motivations, influences and legacy that made this period stand out like none other in the area of literature.

While we define literature for the young as worthy of the title high literature as much so as the works of Shakespeare or T.S. Eliot we recognize that the genre is and should be measured with a healthy dose of whimsy and fantasy. If this forum has a credo it can be found in the words of George MacDonald…

“I write, not for children, but for the child-like, whether they be five, or fifty, or seventy-five."

The moderator’s library at Candlewycke

Candlewycke is home to the moderators private library wherein is housed a large collection of reference books pertaining to children’s literature as well as those books beloved by children of all ages. While this is not a lending library I would be happy to assist members in research or to help with any questions that may arise.