Forgotten Classics: “The Young Visiters”August 11, 2008 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Fiction, Forgotten Classics | 2 Comments
The Young Visiters was written by a 9-year-old girl, Daisy Ashford, in 1890. It was then tucked into a drawer, where it emerged in her adulthood when she showed it to a sick friend. It was passed hand to hand and finally published with a foreword by J. M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan. Scandal occurred when the public initially refused to believe this book had been written by a child, and thought it was Barrie’s own work.
If you haven’t read The Young Visiters, drop everything and go get it. It’s an absolute scream. The story itself is cute, but when you add in the young author’s misspellings, unintentional double entendres, and childlike perspective on the world, you’ll laugh so hard you’ll spit your tea. The edition I got at the library was illustrated, too. I finished it and had to start right over from the beginning again. This is one of the few books I would actually buy, if my local library didn’t have a copy.