Julia Corner

(1798—1875) children's writer

Quick Reference

(1798–1875), English educational writer. Corner produced numerous textbooks for children, including Merry Multiplication (1867) and The Play Grammar (1848). She designed the exercises in her textbooks to resemble games because she believed that children learn better through play than through rote memorization. Her best- known works are history textbooks, including books on England, Ireland, France, China, India, and Germany. These textbooks cover a broad range of historical material, focusing primarily on monarchs and wars, although they also include a surprising amount of social and economic history. Each volume is richly illustrated and includes maps, chronologies, and lists of study questions (a fairly new invention based on Mangnall’s popular Historical and Miscellaneous Questions for the Use of Young People, 1800). Corner also wrote popular children's plays for home theatrical productions, all of which are adaptations of fairy tales, including Beauty and the Beast (1854) and Cinderella (1854).

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

Subjects: Literature.

Reference entries