Jane Johnson (1706-1759) is renowned for her unique private contribution to the development of children’s literature in the eighteenth-century. Her prominent contributions include: a hand bound children’s book,

A Very Pretty Story

; the Manuscript Nursery Library of 438 hand-made religious and secular educational materials housed at Indiana University Library; and her personal correspondence housed in the Bodleian Library portfolios.

Jane (née Russell) Johnson (1706-1759) was the daughter of Richard Russell esq. of Warwick. Jane and her sister Lucy inherited the estate, which they later sold to Sir Horace Mann. Very little is known about Jane’s early life; it is likely that Jane was educated at home and perhaps at a school typical for young ladies of the time (Hilton et al., 1997,

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Citation: Price, Pamela. "Jane Johnson". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 15 March 2021 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=14716, accessed 26 May 2024.]

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