Gothic Perspectives on Children’s Literature
Acknowledgments I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the Reverend Canon C. K. Robertson for his encouragement, technical assistance, and theological expertise. Though my views on religion are naturally my own, his perspective on various disputed points of theology, as they relate to the cult of childhood, was invaluable. Thanks also to Heidi Burns without whose editorial skills and constructive criticism this project could not have been realized. I would also like to acknowledge the support, practical and otherwise, of my wife Betty whose own child-like radiance has so often dispelled her husband’s Gothic gloom. Finally, I owe a special debt of gratitude to Laurifer, an affectionate family portmanteau for the names of my two adult step- daughters, Laura and Jennifer. To them I am indebted for the now distant pleasure of having shared much of the literature discussed in this volume, a pleasure they reciprocated years later by introducing me to Harry and his friends. Beyond this personal frame of reference, there is, of course, another to whom I would trace a seemingly indestructible faith in humanity’s potential for the renewal of innocence celebrated by the Gothic imagination. On this Easter Sunday, 2011 it seems appropriate to discreetly but reverently acknowledge this otherworldly influence.
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