Books: Victorian Childhood

DEER CREEK (310 pp.)—Gulielma Fell Alsop—Vanguard ($3).

Gulielma Alsop* can remember when a nickel was a respectable weekly allowance for a little girl. When she went walking with her father, a Quaker who became an Episcopal minister, they were quite apt, as she now recalls it, to discuss such recondite matters as literary style and changing concepts of right & wrong. There were no Sunday papers "in that happy time which has since been called the Gay Nineties," but in the Alsop house in Brooklyn Heights there was a set period of meditation and...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!