Lucy Lyttelton Cameron

(1781—1858) children's author

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(1781–1858), English author. Lucy Lyttleton Butt Cameron was the younger sister of Mary Martha Butt, later Sherwood, and like her was educated at home and at the Abbey School. Both began to write stories while young, Lucy's first novel being The History of Margaret Whyte, written when she was seventeen. The stories arose from the Sunday school classes that the sisters taught. During the course of her life Cameron wrote a large number of stories for children, few of which have remained popular. Her novels are considered overly didactic, but the working out of fine moral points can be intriguing to some readers. For instance, in The Baby and the Doll (1826), one child is called a “Baby in religion,” but this is no insult. It is better than being a hypocrite, a “Doll in religion,” with no hope of spiritual growth. Worse still is to be a “nothing in religion.”

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

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