L. T. Meade
A World of Girls: the story of a school
(Cassell, 1886)
12811.f.45   19.5x12.5 cm

World of girls
  Children’s books

Elizabeth Thomasina Meade (1854-1914) was a prolific writer of moral tales, romances and adventure stories, as well as scientific articles. A World of Girls was her first school story, and an early example of the genre. It has a religious tone, and the drawing of a caricature of the kindly headmistress counts as a serious misdemeanour, for which the wrong girl is blamed. Travelling gypsies are involved in the final melodrama, but all ends happily.