Winter-Evening Entertainments is a collection of stories and riddles illustrated with woodcuts. The collection was compiled by ‘Robert Burton’, the pseudonym of bookseller and writer Nathaniel Crouch, and was first published in 1687. It was extremely successful and went through many different editions. This one is from 1737.The title page describes the book as ‘Excellently Accommodated to the Fancies of Old and Young’. In the 17th century there was very little entertaining (as opposed to instructive) literature written specifically for children, so works such as Winter-Evening Entertainments would have been read by children and adults alike.
- Article by:
- M O Grenby
- Reading and print culture, Childhood and children's literature
Professor M O Grenby charts the rise of children’s literature throughout the 18th century, explaining how books for children increasingly blended entertainment with instruction.