William Canton A Child's Book of Saints

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A Child's Book of Saints

 
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William Canton (1845-1926) was a British journalist and writer, now best known for his contributions to children's literature. These include his series of three books, beginning with The Invisible Playmate (1894) written for his daughter Winifred Vida. He was born at Chusan in China to a Catholic family of civil servants. He studied for the priesthood at Douai, but eventually left the Roman Catholic Church to become a protestant. He worked as a journalist in London and Glasgow. He also wrote poetry, and a substantial history of the Bible Society. His works include: A Lost Epic and Other Poems (1887), W. V. Her Book (1896), A Child's Book of Saints (1898), In Memory of W. V. (1901), The Comrades (1902) and The Bible and the Anglo-Saxon People (1914).

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"A Child's Book of Saints" was first published in 1898, when Mr. Canton had already found his audience. The book is a near successor indeed to his "W. V.: Her Book," and to "The Invisible Playmate"; and W. V. again acts as guardian elf and guide to this new region of the child's earthly paradise. The Saints are here treated with a simplicity that is almost or altogether childlike, and with an unforced imagination which is only to be learnt by becoming as a child. And this is perhaps why, although comparatively a new book, it has the air of something pleasantly old, and written long ago; and thus wins its way into the children's library of old favourite authors. Mr. Canton's published works, up to January 1906, comprise:--"A Lost Epic, and other Poems," 1887. "The Invisible Playmate: a Story of the Unseen," 1894, 1897. "W. V., Her Book and Various Verses," 1896. "A Child's Book of Saints," 1898, 1902. "Children's Sayings, Edited, with a Digression on the Small People," 1900. "The True Annals of Fairyland" (The Reign of King Herla), 1900, &c. "In Memory of W. V." (Winifred Vida Canton), 1901. "The Comrades: Poems, Old and New," 1902. "What is the Bible Society?" 1903. "The Story of the Bible Society," 1904. "A History of the British and Foreign Bible Society," 1904. "Little Hands and God's Book: a Sketch of the Bible Society," 1804-1904, 1905

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