A good lesson

In the last decade of the 18th century there were a number of women writing educational books for children.  The works of Catherine Macaulay, Maria Edgeworth, Hannah More and Mary Wollstonecraft are probably better known than Priscilla Wakefield. Priscilla’s first books were made up of many short stories designed to impart a good lesson through a moral tale. This didactic format sold but the market was probably well served by other authors.  Priscilla would need to develop her own voice and style to sustain the momentum of her writing career.

Published in: on July 26, 2009 at 8:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

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