Who is Iris Vaughan? New Light on a remarkable colonial child autobiographer
Author: Peter F Alexander
Publication: Journal of the Australiasian Universities Language and Literature Association, 2006, vol. 2006, No. 105
The childhood impulse to keep a diary must be very common: many intelligent children, once they are literate, hit on the idea of keeping an account of their daily experiences. Few seem to sustain the effort of keeping a regular record for long; fewer are sufficiently witty, observant and lively to warrant publication, and still fewer of those actually come to public attention. It is no surprise, then to find that published juvenile diaries or autobiographies are rare, and this is true in the Victorian period despite the rapid spread of literacy in the ninetieth century.