Some writers of classical children's books include the Brothers Grimm, Lewis Carroll and Frances Hodgson Burnett. Each of these writers is known for iconic works of children's literature, including "Grimms' Fairy Tales," "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "The Secret Garden," respectively.Continue Reading
Frances Hodgson Burnett wrote more than 40 novels besides her most popular work, "The Secret Garden," which was published in 1909. Her first success came in 1886 with "Little Lord Fauntleroy." Another of her popular works was "Sara Crewe" in 1888, which Burnett revised as "A Little Princess" in 1905.
Lewis Carroll's most famous works are"Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass." However, many of his otherworks were purely academic, including "An Elementary Treatise on Determinants" and "Curiosa Mathematica." He was also known for his poetry and child photography, famously photographing the young Alice Liddell, whom he was later to immortalize in Wonderland.
The Brothers' Grimm, Wilhelm and Jacob, are somewhat unique among these writers in thattheir famous fairy taleswere neither their own original creation, nor originally intended for children. Early editions were replete with gratuitous descriptions of violence, such as the amputation of Cinderella's toes and heels by her stepsisters. Nevertheless,"Grimms' Fairy Tales" became hugely popular during the brothers' lifetimes and had reachedits seventh edition by the time of Wilhelm's death in 1859.Learn more about Children's Books