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The Promise of Happiness : Value and Meaning in Children's Fiction - Fred Inglis

The Promise of Happiness

Value and Meaning in Children's Fiction

Paperback Published: 22nd November 1982
ISBN: 9780521270700
Number Of Pages: 348

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Originally published in paperback in 1982, this book was written in answer to the question 'which books should our children read, and why?' It is a study of what is, in the author's opinion, the best children's fiction of the previous hundred years, and at the same time a study of the social values which that fiction celebrates and criticises. Fred Inglis concentrates on stories for children aged between nine and thirteen; he contrasts the kinds of delight and profit to be gained from classics ancient and modern, from the novels of Dickens and Lewis Carroll via those of Arthur Ransome and Tolkien to William Mayne, Ursula Leguin, Russell Hoban and Philippa Pearce, situating these books in the social context from which they came and relating them to the audience of adults who are expected to write, publish, judge and choose books for their children.

Theory and Experience
The terms of reference
Looking back into the blank of my infancy
The history of children - little innocents and limbs of Satan
Texts and Contexts: The Old Books
The lesser great tradition
Class and classic - the greatness of Arthur Ransome
Girl or boy: home and away
Let's be friends
Cult and culture: a political-psychological excursus
Paradise Lost and Paradise Regained: The New Work
History absolves nobody - ritual and romance
Rumours of angels and spells in the suburbs
Experiments with time and notes on nostalgia
Love and death in children's novels
Resolution and independence
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ISBN: 9780521270700
ISBN-10: 0521270707
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 348
Published: 22nd November 1982
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 1.98
Weight (kg): 0.44