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Warren W. Wooden’s pioneering studies of early examples of children’s literature throw new light on many accepted works of the English Renaissance period. In consequence, they appear more complex, significant, and successful than hitherto realized. In these nine essays, Wooden traces the roots of English children’s literature in the Renaissance beginning with the first printed books of Caxton and ranging through the work of John Bunyan. Wooden examines a number of works and authors from this period of two centuries—some from the standard canon, others obscure or neglected—while addressing questions about the early development of children’s literature.
Warren W. Wooden was professor of English at Marshall University.
Jeanie Watson is associate dean of arts and sciences, Southwestern University.
The University Press of Kentucky
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Children's literature, English Renaissance
Literature in English, British Isles
Wooden, Warren W. and Watson, Jeanie, "Children's Literature of the English Renaissance" (1986). Literature in English, British Isles. 60.