The Adventure Story

  • Dennis Butts
Part of the Insights book series (ISI)


At the beginning of the nineteenth century British children’s books generally took the form of didactic realistic tales of a domestic character. Whether their writers, such as Thomas Day or Maria Edgeworth, were of a rationalist flavour, influenced by the ideas of Rousseau, or religious, such as Sarah Trimmer and Mrs Sherwood, deeply influenced by the ideas of Evangelicanism, their stories were usually short and serious, offering edifying advice about the conduct of life in explicit terms.


Young Reader Historical Story British Imperialism Naval Officer Adventure Story 
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© Dennis Butts and Editorial Board, Lumière (Co-operative) Press Ltd 1992

Authors and Affiliations

  • Dennis Butts
    • 1
  1. 1.Reading UniversityUK

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