Document Type

Unpublished Paper

Publication Date

Spring 2012


An interesting example of “lost” children’s stories is Charles Bernard’s “The Boys’ Club,” published in Volume 12, Number 6 of the popular American children’s periodical St. Nicholas Magazine. This story, which possesses many of the qualities of children’s literature of the Victorian period, conveys lessons in an attempt to teach young readers how to behave in society. Although books for boys are typically thought of as stories filled with adventure and freedom from rules, “The Boys’ Club” highlights how clubs for young and underprivileged boys could be used for socialization of the lower classes and to maintain social control.


A research paper completed for English 4710. This is an advanced undergraduate course focused on the study of a particular genre and its ability to articulate meaning in historical, social, and/or literary contexts. This paper is part of the Children's Literature genre series.