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Anna Barbauld (1743-1825)
Sarah Trimmer (1742-1810)
from The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English
Writer, educator and mother of 12. Trimmer’s earliest publication (following the example of Anna Barbauld) was of the lessons she gave her own children: Easy Introduction to the Knowledge of Nature (1782) reached its eleventh edition by 1802. This was followed by Sacred History, Selected from the Scriptures, with Annotations and Reflections Adapted to the Comprehension of Young Persons (6 volumes, 1782—84).
Hannah More (1745-1833)
For Hannah More, the Bible was the touchstone of her long productive career: a source of inspiration, a repository of allusions and phrases, a catalog of characters, a sustaining guide. Her deep knowledge of the sacred text, a central element of her daily reading regimen, and unwavering belief in its promises suffused her plays, poems, essays, tracts, and novel.
Johann David Wyss (1743-1818)
Johann David Wyss
from Continuum Encyclopedia of Children's Literature
W., a Swiss pastor, never actually worked as a writer. His most famous work, Der schweize-rische Robinson (1812), derived from stories he told his four young sons for their instruction and amusement. Every day he would commence telling the story from where he left off the previous day.
Mary Sherwood (1775-1851)
from The Bloomsbury Dictionary of English Literature
Mary Sherwood began writing at seventeen in order to help fund the school in which she was a pupil (The Traditions was published by Minerva in 1795), and she continued working on novels in order to support, first her parents and siblings, and later her husband and children.