Irish Children’s Books 1696‒1810: Importation, Exportation and the Beginnings of Irish Children’s Literature

  • Anne MarkeyEmail author
Part of the Critical Approaches to Children's Literature book series (CRACL)


Opening with a summary of the rise of children’s literature in England, this essay then provides an overview of books for children published in Ireland up to 1810, followed by an account of books for children by Irish authors that were first published in England in the years preceding and the decade following 1800. This examination of Irish children’s books to 1810 reveals their history to be largely one of exportation through publication in England of works by Irish authors and of importation of works first published elsewhere, usually in England. Nevertheless, the period also marks the beginnings of Irish children’s literature, if that term is taken to refer to original texts by Irish authors or texts first published in Ireland that aim to entertain as well as to instruct young readers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Dublin City UniversityDublinIreland

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