In a message dated 14/11/2004 04:02:21 GMT  Standard Time, Pam writes:

>I've just finished watching UK terrestrial  TV's premiere of 'Bridget Jones'
Diary' and noted the links between it and  'Pride & Prejudice' (didn't spot
the plot links on my first viewing at  the cinema - doh!!). Anyway, given BJD
has a sequel  ('Edge of Reason'),  although P & P doesn't, I wondered  when
book sequels & series  first became common? I know the Bible & Shakespeare
have several, but I  meant in modern (20th century) fiction - especially
children's stuff. Series  feature largely in GO fiction - was there anything
much before Alcott /  Montgomery / Oxenham series & Brazil's pairs?<

I can't help on  girls' stuff generally, but as far as girls' school stories 
are  concerned, I think the prototype in that genre is Raymond Jacberns 
(you're  looking at late 19th/early 20th here): she - it was a pseudonym - 
have a  series quite in the modern sense, where a set of girls are followed 
through  their school career, but she does follow up individuals and schools in 
various  books, and there is a definite sequence.  If you're looking for pairs, 
 L.T.Meade is the earliest I've discovered so far: A World of Girls has a  
sequel.  There may well be earlier pairs/series, but I don't know of them,  and 
would be glad of any contributions here for the second edition of The Book  
(GGBP are planning a paperback edition).


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