The Children’s Ghost Story in America

By | November 29, 2019
The Children's Ghost Story in America Author Sean Ferrier-Watson
ISBN-10 1476664943
ISBN-13 9781476664941
Year 2017-04-11
Pages 204
Language English
Publisher McFarland
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Ghost stories have played a prominent role in childhood Circulated around playgrounds and whispered in slumber parties their history in American literature is little known and seldom discussed by scholars This book explores the fascinating origins and development of these tales focusing on the social and historical factors that shaped them and gave birth to the genre Ghost stories have existed for centuries but have been published specifically for children for only about 200 years Early on supernatural ghost stories were rare authors and publishers fearing they might adversely affect young minds presented stories in which the ghost was always revealed as a fraud These tales dominated children s publishing in the 19th century but the 20th century saw a change in perspective and the supernatural ghost story flourished

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