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Rhoda Power

(1890—1957) broadcaster and children's writer


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(1890–1957), British author educated at Girton College, Cambridge, and known for historical fiction, retelling of folk tales, and pioneer work with the BBC on programming for schools. With Eileen Power, she wrote Boys and Girls of History (1926) and More Boys and Girls of History (1928), in which everyday life is narrated from the perspective of children. Power uses imaginary characters as eyewitnesses from different social milieus in We Were There (1955) and From the Fury of the Northmen (1957). Other texts include The Age of Discovery from Marco Polo to Henry Hudson (1927), Great People of the Past (1932), and the Kingsway Histories for Juniors (4 vols.; 1937, 1938). Her historical novel Redcap Runs Away (1953), in which a young boy joins minstrels, is set in 14th-century England. Power's collections of folk tales include Stories from Everywhere (1931), reissued as The Big Book of Stories from Many Lands (1970), How It Happened: Myths and Folk Tales Retold (1930), Here and There Stories (1945), and Ten Minute Tales and Dialogue Stories (1943).

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

Subjects: Literature.


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