06 March 2020

Book Beginning: The Young Visiters by Daisy Ashford


Book Beginnings is a weekly meme hosted by Rose City Reader. We share the first sentence (or so) of the book we are reading, along with our initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires.

The Young Visiters is the greatest novel ever written by a nine-year-old.

So, could you pass up a book with such an opening sentence in the introduction? No, neither could I. This is a novella written by a girl in England about 1890, but not published until 1919. Walter Kendrick. a professor of English at Fordham University who was an authority on Victorian literature, assures us in his introduction that this is not just a children's story, but "also a Victorian novel in miniature, a tidy précis of English fiction circa 1890".

Sounds like fun!

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