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George Mogridge

(1787—1854) children's writer and religious author


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(1787–1854), British children's writer and religious author. While apprenticing as a japanner, Mogridge contributed to Ackermann’s Poetical Magazine. In 1811 he entered into partnership with his brother in the Japan trade in Birmingham, while contributing articles to the Birmingham and Lichfield Chronicle as Jeremy Jaunt. Two metrical tracts published under the signature X.Y.Z. by the Religious Tract Society (RTS), “Two Widows,” and “Honest Jack,” effectively launched Mogridge's writing career. His anonymous Houlston tract “The Juvenile Culprits” (1829), taught the consequences of cruelty to animals. Subsequently he wrote as Old Humphrey for the RTS's Weekly Visitor, as Ephraim Holding for Sunday school teachers and working men, and as Old Father Thames for the ragged schools. He also used the name Peter Parley, despite the objections of Samuel Griswold Goodrich, who had used the name in the United States. Never rich or even financially secure, Mogridge wrote 226 works under more than twenty pseudonyms and for a range of publishers. His widely marketed, moralizing work was well suited to the tastes of the laboring classes.

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

Subjects: Literature.


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