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Just William: ‘the most popular boy in fiction’

posted on 05 Oct 2017

Just William: ‘the most popular boy in fiction’ by David Buckingham

This article has been published on the David Buckingham blogsite. It begins:

Between 1920 and her death in 1969, Richmal Crompton published almost forty collections of stories featuring her anarchic schoolboy hero, William Brown. William enjoyed massive success: he was the Harry Potter of his day. In this essay, I try to account for the popularity of the William books, and the gendered aspects of their appeal. I look at the political messages they contained, how William adapted to the changing environment of the 1950s and 1960s, and how the books have been translated across different media.

Read the full article on this link to the David Buckingham blog