J. G. Edgar

(1827—1864) children's author and magazine editor

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(1827?–1864), British author of historical novels. John George Edgar's first books were biographies for boys, including The Boyhood of Great Men (1853), Biography for Boys (1854), History for Boys; or, Annals of the Nations of Modern Europe (1855), Boy-Princes; or, Scions of Royalty Cut Off in Youth (1857), The Heroes of England (1858), The Wars of the Roses (1859), The Crusades and the Crusaders (1860), Sea Kings and Naval Heroes (1861), Cavaliers and Roundheads (1862), Memorable Events of Modern History (1863), and other books noted for their clarity and pleasing style. His novels, inspired by Walter Scott and involving patriotic young lads in historical settings, were serialized in S. O. Beeton's Boy's Own Magazine and later published in book form. These included How I Won My Spurs; or, A Boy's Adventures in the Barons' War (1863), The Boy Crusaders (1865), Cressy and Poictiers (1865), and Runnymede and Lincoln Fair (1866).

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

Subjects: Literature.

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