W. B. Rands (1823-1882), the Victorian “Laureate of the Nursery”, was a prolific and versatile writer in several genres. He is mostly remembered now for his many children’s verses and his two-volume Chaucer’s England (1869), but his largest output was in the field of essays, some specifically for children. An intuitive teacher, his stories, essays and poems for children displayed a perceptive, empathic understanding of the child’s mind. He wrote frequently about current social and philosophical topics with acute analysis, and some of his literary criticism for The Contemporary Review is worth re-reading. For example, in his preface to the Complete Poems of George Eliot (1888; ed. “…
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