London: Bodley Head, (1994),
First Edition. quarto, boards in dust jacket. (xiv), 226pp. Bodley Head, Item #9826
Well illustrated, with bibliography. Written by an established authority on the history of children's literature, this is the first historical study to consider American children's books as a separate genre. This is an expertly researched social history of the development of American Children's literature. Fromt he jacket: "Drawing on a vast range of sources, uncovering the works of Cotton Mather and Peter Parley among others, and using...previously unpublished material, Avery looks at how the literature fo the old world influenced that of the new. She pieces together a fascinating study of how social, cultural and ofter practical forces were to shape American children's literature, and how, having grown out of the traditions of Europe, it established for itself a significant and vital role in world literature." New copy, without flaw.