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William Canton

(1845—1926) poet and journalist


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(1845–1926), English poet and journalist. Born on the island of Chusan off China's coast, Canton was educated in France. After abandoning training for the priesthood, he became a journalist in London and Glasgow. He was well known in the late Victorian period as a writer on childhood and religious topics. His life was marked by loss, and after the infant death of his first daughter, he wrote The Invisible Playmate: A Story of the Unseen (1894). For the daughter of his second marriage, Winifred Vida, known as W.V., he wrote the popular W.V. Books: W.V. Her Book (1896), A Child's Book of Saints (1898), W.V.'s Golden Legend (1898), and after her 1901 death, In Memory of W.V. (1901). Canton also edited the fairy tale collection True Annals of Fairy-Land: The Reign of King Herla (1900) and A Child's Book of Warriors (1912), a collection of legends and heroic tales.

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

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