Paul Vaughan discovers what five classic stories about dolls reveal about the real childhood worlds of their readers.
Victoria Bess is a beautiful wax doll whose adventures take her on a tour of the social classes of Victorian London.
is the beautiful mechanical doll-girl from Hoffmann's 19th century story.
Paul Vaughan investigates our darkest fears about dolls when they stop being our silent playmates and exert a will of their own.
Dolls of property come to the fore in an early twentieth century story about dolls houses by Frances Hodgson Burnett.
Paul Vaughan looks at the work of the writer Rumer Godden who wrote several stories devoted to dolls, and one in particular about a spirited pocket doll called Impunity Jane.
|05 LAST||Maggie Gumption||20051230|
Maggie longs for escape from her doll's-house world and certainly doesn't have time to do the housework!.