(1823–1882), British journalist and man of letters. While earning his living primarily as a parliamentary reporter, Rands, sometimes under pseudonyms, also wrote adult poetry, fiction, literary criticism, and essays, but he is best known as a children's writer. Lilliput Levee (1864) contains some attractive verse, with near- classics like “Topsy-Turvey-world” and “Gypsy Jane.” Lilliput Lectures (1871) is a series of talks intended for children on topics such as cities and the family, but also contains such poems as “Great, Wide, Beautiful, Wonderful World.” Lilliput Legends (1872) is a collection of short stories, for example, “Prince Hydrangea,” which mix fantasy and realism in ways sometimes reminiscent of George MacDonald. James Payn called Rands “the laureate of the nursery,” and his works sometimes memorably capture the mind, the voice, and the imagination of a child.
From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.