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Jefferys Taylor

(1792—1853) children's writer


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(1792–1853), lame son of the nonconformist Reverend Isaac and Ann Martin Taylor, and younger brother of Ann, Jane, and Isaac Jr., all of whom wrote and illustrated books for children. Noted for their wit and attention to mechanical detail, Jefferys's works were available in Great Britain and America throughout the 19th century and included Harry's Holiday (1818); Aesop in Rhyme (1820); Ralph Richards the Miser (1821); a Robinsonnade, The Young Islanders (1842); and historical fiction. He was probably best known for his nonfiction, in which he characteristically introduced the subject through a frame story that recounted a series of lively dialogues between children and their parents. These included The Little Historians (1824); Old English Sayings (1827); The Farm (1832); A New Description of the Earth (1832); A Month in London (1832); Cottage Traditions (1842); A Glance at the Globe, which discusses creationism (1848); and The Family Bible (1853).

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

Subjects: Literature.


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