Evenings at Home

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Evenings at Home or, The Juvenile Budget Opened
Title evenings home2.jpg
Title page from a later (1858) edition.
Author John Aikin and Anna Letitia Barbauld
Country England
Language English
Genre Novel
Publisher Longman and Co. et al.
Publication date
Media type Print (Hardback)

Evenings at Home, or The Juvenile Budget Opened (1792–1796) is a collection of six volumes of stories written by John Aikin and his sister Anna Laetitia Barbauld. It is an early example of children's literature. The late Victorian children's writer Mary Louisa Molesworth named it as one of the handful of books that was owned by every family in her childhood and read enthusiastically.[1] In their introduction, the authors explain the title in these words:

Frontispiece to the 1858 Longman and Co. et al. edition.

The book was translated into French.[3] W. S. Gilbert took the title for one of his plays, Eyes and No Eyes (1875), from one of the stories in the collection.[4] Ichchharam Desai translated these stories in Gujarati as Balkono Anand (1895).[5]

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  1. ^ Carpenter, H. and M. Prichard. 1984. The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature, Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York.
  2. ^ Aikin, Dr. and Mrs. Barbauld. 1796, 1858. Evenings at Home or, The Juvenile Budget Opened Eighteenth Edition. Longman and Co. et al., London. 493 pages
  3. ^ Volume 3 is available online: Les Soirées Au Logis, Ou l'Ouverture du Porte-Feuille De La Jeunesse: Renfermant un mélange de pièces diverses pour l'instruction des jeunes personnes, Paschoud, Geneva, 1797
  4. ^ Aikin, John and Anna Laetitia Barbauld. "Eyes and No Eyes; or, The Art of Seeing", The Internet Archive, accessed 24 November 2009
  5. ^ બાળસાહિત્યના સર્જકો : જીવરામ જોશી અને યશવંત મહેતા 2014, p. 30.


  • Carpenter, Humphrey and Mari Prichard. Oxford Companion to Children's Literature. Oxford University Press, 1997. ISBN 0-19-860228-6
  • Zipes, Jack (ed) et al. The Norton Anthology of Children's Literature: The Traditions in English. W. W. Norton, 2005. ISBN 0-393-32776-0
  • Zipes, Jack (ed.). The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature. Volumes 1–4. Oxford University Press, 2006. ISBN 0-19-514656-5
  • Watson, Victor, The Cambridge Guide to Children's Books in English. Cambridge University Press, 2001. ISBN 0-521-55064-5
  • Demmers, Patricia (ed). From Instruction to Delight: An Anthology of Children's Literature to 1850, Oxford University Press, 2003. Table of Contents. 384 pages. ISBN 0-19-541889-1.
  • St. John, Judith. The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books, 1566–1910, A Catalogue, Toronto Public Library.
  • Patel, Aartiben G. (2014). બાળસાહિત્યના સર્જકો : જીવરામ જોશી અને યશવંત મહેતા [Authors of Children's Literature: Jivram Joshi and Yashwant Mehta] (in Gujarati). Ahmedabad: Parshwa Publication. pp. 28–42. ISBN 978-91-5108-173-1. 

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