Lydia Maria Francis Child (ES 4-vol. set)
Edited by Toshiko Nonomura
Edition Synapse – 2011
This is the third part of the series to collect conduct books, and educational guides for children during Victorian America. This facsimile reprint collection provides ten books for children by Lydia Maria Child (1802–80), a novelist and journalist. While famous for her activities as an American abolitionist and a campaigner for women’s rights, she also had a keen interest in childhood and various issues surrounding children and early education. She started writings books for children in her early twenties. She even edited and published a periodical for children, Juvenile Miscellany, along with many children’s books which she wrote or compiled. The collection illuminates this rather ignored aspect of Lydia Maria Child’s achievement, as well as providing a source which offers an interesting new perspective on child studies of nineteenthth-century America.