Romantic writers such as Mary Wollstonecraft, who took public stands on issues such as gender equality, and Charlotte Smith, who is noted for reviving the sonnet form, are rarely recognized for having written stories for children.  But, in fact, the children’s literature which emerged during the Romantic period transmitted to children (and to the adults who read to them) subversive ideas regarding spheres of British domestic and political life.   Although, as Alan Richardson has noted, we cannot lump together all women writers for children during this time period as having the same agenda or the same political sentiments, all were linked with the common purpose of promoting change in domestic and public spheres.

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