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F. J. Harvey Darton

(1878—1936) publisher and writer


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(1878–1936), editor, biographer, journalist, and historian of children's literature. A member of the fourth generation of the renowned Darton publishing empire, Frederick Joseph Harvey Darton attended Dover College and graduated from Oxford in 1899 with a degree in classics. He was a director of Wells Gardner, Darton & Co. from 1904 until its sale in 1928, being instrumental in their publication of John Masefield's Martin Hyde (1906), as well as editing the company's children's magazines, The Prize and, more notably, Chatterbox from 1901 to 1931. Under his editorship Chatterbox developed a style more suited to early 20th-century boys’ interests, with contributions from Masefield. Darton himself rewrote and published new editions of fables and romances such as The Seven Champions of Christendom (1901), an autobiographical novel for adults; My Father's Son (1913), a full-length biography; The Life and Times of Mrs. Sherwood (1910); and a monograph on J. M. Barrie (1928). He also contributed the chapter on children's books in Volume 11 of the Cambridge History of English Literature (1914).

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

Subjects: literature.


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