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ERIC Number: ED057027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970
Pages: 119
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A Study of Biography as a Literary Form for Children.
Taylor, M. Iona
This study examined children's literature and the development of biography intended for juvenile readers. The writer assembled a list of characteristics of writing for children, reviewed the growth of biography as a literary form, and noted the difference between biography written for the child audience and that intended for adults. Qualities were found in award winning biographies that made them distinguished as literature for children. The literature search showed that didacticism was gradually eliminated as appeal to children's imagination, realism, and humor found a place in writing for children. The biography definition given in the "Oxford Dictionary" was used as a basis for exploring biography in the history of English literature. Juvenile biographies must primarily be interesting, have characters with whom children can identify, be developed around a rather simple plot, possess authenticity, realism and humor, and plainly exhibit values of right and wrong. Writers of children's literature intend to form attitudes, are careful to use appropriate style, employ significant themes and convincing characterization. (Author/CK)
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Indiana University