Tales for Young Peasants

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

Stories for my Children is a selection from Tolstoy’s Primer, published in 1872. This, in turn, was based on the notebooks he had kept since the founding of his first school for peasant children in 1849. Tolstoy inherited the family country estate of Yasnaya Polyana when he was nineteen. For the previous ten years, after […]

Lewis Carroll: Friend of Children

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

The curious story of what happened when a girl named Alice fell down a rabbit hole might never have been preserved for posterity had not one of the children who first heard it pestered the teller of the tale to write it down. The persistent young girl was Alice Pleasance Liddell, aged ten, daughter of […]

Arcadia & Anarchy

Posted on by Jonathan Beckman

It is a measure of the success of Humphrey Carpenter’s entertaining and provocative book that the reviewer, having silently approved and disputed his arguments from Lear to Milne, sits down with half a dozen pages of notes and the thought that it would need another book, not a review, to tackle the issues raised. His […]

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