The cult of the child performer was a significant emergence of the Victorian age. Fierce public debate and lasting legislation grew out of the conflict between a desire for juvenile display and a determination to stop exploitation. This study explores the social and artistic context of their lives and their developing professionalism as actors.
ANNE VARTY is a Senior Lecturer in the English Department at Royal Holloway, University of London, UK. Her research interests include the literature, theatre and culture of the Victorian period and she is author of A Preface to Oscar Wilde (1998) and Eve's Century. A Sourcebook of Writings on Women and Journalism 1895-1918 (2000).
Short-listed for George Freedley Memorial Award 2008 and Theatre Book Prize 2007.