Not So Rowdy Any More

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A short piece in The Economist, citing titles such as The Otterbury Incident by C. Day Lewis, asks why role models in books for older children were far more rowdy in the past than they are today.

Diane Purkiss of Oxford University believes that rowdiness on such a scale would fall foul of most editors these days. It is not that modern children's literature is devoid of outlaws; rather, rebellious behaviour is either the result of inadequate upbringing or exists safely in the realm of fantasy. "Children don't get to raid people's dustbins any more, although they do sometimes have the power to change the world."

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