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Children's lit in the 20th Century

The ground work laid in the 19th century paved the way for new and innovative genres of kids lit in the 20th century, which didn't rely on traditional folklore. With the dawning of the new century, fantasy stories with novel settings and characters appeared on both sides of the Atlantic, as was perfectly timed by L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz in 1900. A.A. Milne wrote his first Winnie-the-Pooh (delightfully illustrated by Ernest Shepard) in 1927, and the first Mary Poppins (P. L. Travers) came out in 1934. J. R. R. Tolkien's works established what's become known as epic fantasy with The Lord of the Rings beginning in 1937.
All these books were so successful that many subsequent editions were printed, with different illustrators and issued in different formats (collections, paperback editions, colour editions, audio books, etc.). These stories, all still in print in 2016, also all spawned TV and film versions later in the century.
The demand for these story…

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