Georgianna Ziegler, "Introducting Shakespeare: The Earliest Versions for Children"
Friday, December 1
The Woodrow Wilson Room (LJ-113)
Library of Congress
ABSTRACT: Most histories of Shakespeare for children begin with the Lambs' Tales in 1807, but in fact, bibliographic evidence shows that Shakespeare figured in juvenile literature as far back as the early eighteenth century, and appeared in a variety of formats, from chapbooks, paper dolls, and toy theaters to the more formal "tales" of Perrin and the Lambs. The talk sets these within the framework of early thinking about the ways children learn by such writers as John Locke, Mary Wollstonecraft, and the Edgeworths.
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