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
Jeunesse: Young People, Texts, Cultures – University of Winnipeg
Published: May 20, 2010
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