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“…so also can nothing be more unprofitable, than the too customary mode of charging the infant memory with verses, or even chapters of abstract doctrines, or passages, about the true meaning of which, schoolmen themselves have hitherto been divided in opinion.” — from the PrefaceA...

“My sakes alive — the turkey is burnt on one side, and the kettles have biled over so the pies I put to warm are all ashes!”Aunt Jo’s Scrap-bag: An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving, etc. Louisa May Alcott (1832-1888) Boston: Roberts Brothers, 1882 First edition PS1017 A8 1882“Aunt Jo’s Scrap-Bag” is...

“Animals should not use human language.”Alice’s adventures in wonderland… Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) London: Macmillan and Co., 1866 First published editionCharles Lutwidge Dodgson’s now-famous Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was intended solely for Alice Liddell and her two sisters. Dodgson made the story up to entertain the bored children...

Evolution and Imagination in Victorian Children’s Literature Jessica Straley Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016From the publisher: “Evolutionary theory sparked numerous speculations about human development, and one of the most ardently embraced was the idea that children are animals recapitulating the ascent of the species. After Darwin’s Origin...