Charles Dickens, A Child's History of England

Katherine Stein (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
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Charles Dickens’s three-volume 125,000-word children’s history,

A Child’s History of England,

was first published serially from 1851-1853 in his journal

Household Words

in 39 parts


The first bound editions of this work were published in three separate volumes by Dickens’s publishers of the day, Bradbury and Evans (released 1852-1854). The first editions of

A Child’s History

were sold and marketed as Christmas gift books—ornate duodecimo volumes, featuring an illustrated, gold-embossed cover, red cloth boards, marbled endpapers and edges, a specially arranged “Table of Dates”, and an elaborate frontispiece illustrated by F. W. Topham.

Volume I, England from Ancient Times, to the Death of King John, was published 20 December, 1851; Volume II, England from the Reign of Henry

3386 words

Citation: Stein, Katherine. "A Child's History of England". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 13 July 2023 [, accessed 29 May 2024.]

7216 A Child's History of England 3 Historical context notes are intended to give basic and preliminary information on a topic. In some cases they will be expanded into longer entries as the Literary Encyclopedia evolves.

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