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Forgotten Books of the American Nursery A History of the Development of the American Story-Book   By:

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Rosalie Vrylina Halsey's Forgotten Books of the American Nursery is a true revelation for literature enthusiasts and historians alike. With meticulous research and keen attention to detail, Halsey acquaints readers with a forgotten treasure trove that holds intrinsic importance in the development of American story-books.

Throughout the book, Halsey takes us on a captivating journey, exploring the roots and evolution of the American nursery rhyme genre. She skillfully interweaves historical anecdotes, scholarly analysis, and fascinating personal accounts to paint a vivid picture of the cultural significance these forgotten books carried in their time.

Halsey's writing style is both informative and engaging, capturing the reader's attention from the very first page. She has a remarkable ability to convey complex information in a simple and accessible manner without sacrificing the depth and richness of the subject matter. Each chapter unfolds like a narrative, a testament to her storytelling prowess.

One of the book's greatest strengths lies in Halsey's impressive archival research. Drawing upon a wide array of sources, she unearths rare and forgotten texts, breathing new life into forgotten nursery rhymes and stories. Her attention to detail is evident as she provides insightful commentary on the socio-cultural context in which these stories emerged, helping readers understand their influence on the American literary landscape.

Another remarkable aspect of Forgotten Books of the American Nursery is the inclusion of stunning illustrations. Halsey carefully selects and reproduces original artwork from these forgotten books, allowing readers to visually experience the charm and creativity that once captivated young minds. These illustrations not only enhance the narrative but also serve as a visual record of a bygone era.

While Halsey's research is comprehensive, the book occasionally suffers from a lack of organization. Some chapters feel disconnected from the overarching narrative, making it slightly challenging to follow the evolution of the American story-book in a linear fashion. However, this minor flaw is overshadowed by the sheer breadth of information presented and Halsey's evident passion for her subject matter.

In conclusion, Forgotten Books of the American Nursery is an invaluable addition to the fields of literary history and childhood studies. Halsey's deep knowledge and enthusiasm combined with her meticulous research make this book a must-read for anyone interested in understanding the origins and development of American story-books. It serves as a poignant reminder of the impact literature has on shaping culture, especially in its early formative years.

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A History of the Development of the American Story Book



[Illustration: The Devil and the Disobedient Child ]

Boston Charles E. Goodspeed & Co. 1911 Copyright, 1911, by C.E. Goodspeed & Co. Of this book seven hundred copies were printed in November 1911, by D.B. Updike, at The Merrymount Press, Boston



I. Introductory 3

II. The Play Book in England 33

III. Newbery's Books in America 59

IV. Patriotic Printers and the American Newbery 89

V. The Child and his Book at the End of the Eighteenth Century 121

VI. Toy Books in the early Nineteenth Century 147

VII. American Writers and English Critics 191

Index 233


The Devil and the Disobedient Child Frontispiece From "The Prodigal Daughter." Sold at the Printing Office, No. 5, Cornhill, Boston. [J. and J. Fleet, 1789?]

Facing Page The Devil appears as a French Gentleman 26 From "The Prodigal Daughter... Continue reading book >>

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