John Crowley

Sometime around 1890, a 9-year-old English girl named Daisy Ashford, who had apparently been spending the same number of hours inside grown-up novels as 9-year-olds today spend watching TV, sat down to write a book of her own. The result was The Young Visiters (the spelling is Miss Ashford’s, as is the creative spelling throughout her book). It first made its way into print in 1919 but has not been available for many years in this country; now here it is again, just in time to stuff stockings or seal friendships as it once did.

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