Elizabeth Thiel is Senior Lecturer at the National Centre for Research in Children's Literature at Roehampton University, UK. She is an authority on Victorian evangelical writing, and is the author of The Fantasy of Family: Nineteenth-Century Children's Literature and the Myth of the Domestic Ideal, and has co-edited a number of collections on children's literature.
Jessica's First Prayer and Froggy's Little Brother are exemplars of the 'street arab' story, a genre that flourished in Victorian Britain in response to child poverty and destitution. This critical edition features the original texts of the first editions, and examines the stories through a critical lens and in their historical context.
1. Introduction.- 2. A Note on the Texts.- 3. Further Reading.- 4. Jessica's First Prayer.- 5. Froggy's Little Brother.- 6. Notes