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How did Long John Silver lose his leg? : and twenty-six other mysteries of children's literature

Author: Dennis Butts; Peter Hunt
Publisher: Cambridge : The Lutterworth Press, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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How did Long John Silver Lose His Leg? is a wonderfully diverting tour through some of the best-loved classics of children's literature, addressing many of the unanswered questions that inspire intense speculation when the books are laid down. Could Bobbie's train really have stopped in time (The Railway Children)? Did Beatrix Potter have the 'flu in 1909, and did this lead to a certain darkness in her work (The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Dennis Butts; Peter Hunt
ISBN: 9780718893101 0718893107
OCLC Number: 858310722
Description: 154 pages : illustrations, portrait ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Difficulties with Dates Captain F. W. Marryat, The Children of the New Forest (1848) (DB) 2. I Suppose You Have Heard of the Tom Brown Question? Thomas Hughes, Tom Brown's Schooldays (1857) (DB) 3. Was Ballantyne Really Bothered About Cocoa-Nuts? R. M. Ballantyne, The Coral Island (1858) (DB) 4. How often Does Charles Dodgson Appear in the 'Alice' Books? Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865) and Through the Looking-Glass (1873) (PH) 5. What Did Mr March Do in the War Between the States? Louisa M. Alcott, Little Women (1868) (DB) 6. How Long John Silver Lost his Leg and Acquired a Parrot R. L. Stevenson, Treasure Island (1883) (DB) 7. The Moon, the French Chef and the Missionary: Textual Revisions by Rider Haggard H. Rider Haggard, King Solomon's Mines (1885) and Allan Quatermain (1887) (DB) 8. How did Bevis Grow Ten Years in 58 days? Richard Jefferies, Bevis (1888) (PH) 9. How Much Gold Was in Pevensey Castle? Rudyard Kipling, Puck of Pook's Hill (1906), Rewards and Fairies (1908) (PH) 10. Would Bobbie's Train Have Stopped in Time? E. Nesbit, The Railway Children (1906) (PH) 11. Did Isabel Archer Meet Mr Toad? Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows (1908) (PH) 12. How Did Mary Get to Misslethwaite Manor? Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911) (PH) 13. Did Beatrix Potter Really Suffer from 'Flu? The Tale of Mr Tod (1912) (DB) 14. Why Did Wilfred Owen Change 'The Little Mermaid'? (1912) (DB) 15. How Many Adults Are There in Winnie-the-Pooh? Winnie-the-Pooh (1926) and The House at Pooh Corner (1928) (PH) 16. The Strange Disappearance of Europe: Why Didn't Children's Books Notice the Approach of Two World Wars? (PH) 17. How Old was the Great Aunt? Arthur Ransome, Swallowdale (1931), The Picts and the Martyrs (1943) (PH) 18. Did John Masefield ever Meet Hitler or Stalin? The Box of Delights (1936) (DB) 19. How Well Did George Orwell Really Know Billy Bunter? 'Boys' Weeklies', Horizon, 1940 20. Some Questions of Authorship A. L. O. E., Mrs Herbert Strang, Dynely James and others (DB) 21. Exactly How Big Was the Little House in the Big Woods? Laura Ingalls Wilder, 'Little House' Series (1932-1971) (DB) 22. Did Jennings Ever Grow Up or Learn Anything? Anthony Buckeridge, Jennings Goes to School (1950) (DB) 23. Skating on Thin Ice: the Problems of Time in Tom's Midnight Garden. Philippa Pearce (1958) (DB) 24. Does Anyone Really Write for Children? Lewis Carroll, J. M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter, Kenneth Grahame, Arthur Ransome, Enid Blyton, Roald Dahl (PH) 25. Did the Line Really Hold? Alan Garner, The Stone Book Quartet (1976-8) (PH) 26. The Mayne Incident: Do Writers for Children Have to be Nicer than Other Writers? William Mayne (PH) 27. Who is Killing Cock-Robin? The Mysterious Death of the Children's Book (PH)
Responsibility: Dennis Butts and Peter Hunt.

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