From Christian Conversion to Children's Crusade: The Left Behind Series for Kids and the Changing Nature of Evangelical Juvenile Fiction

From Christian Conversion to Children's Crusade: The Left Behind Series for Kids and the Changing... From Christian Conversion to Children's Crusade: The Left Behind Series for Kids and the Changing Nature of Evangelical Juvenile Fiction --Michelle Ann Abate You ask why I cannot keep my religion to myself? I will tell you, my dear brother. Because I see you are in danger of eternal damnation. (Lewis Tappan, nineteenth-century American abolitionist and evangelical Christian) Both past and present critics have commonly attributed the rise of modern-day children's literature in the United States to a complex constellation of authors, eras, and events. Greta Little, for instance, has identified the importance of St. Nicholas Magazine (1873­1941), given its massive national circulation. Similarly, Ken Donelson and Deidre Johnson have discussed the impact of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with its popular series novels like The Hardy Boys (1927­59) and the Nancy Drew Mysteries (1930­56). Finally, Leonard Marcus has written about the significance of the Little Golden Books, whose titles like The Poky Little Puppy (1942) democratized young people's access to reading materials on a scale previously unforeseen in the history of the nation. While these events were certainly significant, another historically important but less frequently cited phenomenon was also instrumental: the narratives published by the American Sunday School Union http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures University of Winnipeg

From Christian Conversion to Children's Crusade: The Left Behind Series for Kids and the Changing Nature of Evangelical Juvenile Fiction

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From Christian Conversion to Children's Crusade: The Left Behind Series for Kids and the Changing Nature of Evangelical Juvenile Fiction --Michelle Ann Abate You ask why I cannot keep my religion to myself? I will tell you, my dear brother. Because I see you are in danger of eternal damnation. (Lewis Tappan, nineteenth-century American abolitionist and evangelical Christian) Both past and present critics have commonly attributed the rise of modern-day children's literature in the United States to a complex constellation of authors, eras, and events. Greta Little, for instance, has identified the importance of St. Nicholas Magazine (1873­1941), given its massive national circulation. Similarly, Ken Donelson and Deidre Johnson have discussed the impact of the Stratemeyer Syndicate, with its popular series novels like The Hardy Boys (1927­59) and the Nancy Drew Mysteries (1930­56). Finally, Leonard Marcus has written about the significance of the Little Golden Books, whose titles like The Poky Little Puppy (1942) democratized young people's access to reading materials on a scale previously unforeseen in the history of the nation. While these events were certainly significant, another historically important but less frequently cited phenomenon was also instrumental: the narratives published by the American Sunday School Union

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Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, CulturesUniversity of Winnipeg

Published: May 20, 2010

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