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.
Bradley, Rebecca, "“The Boys’ Club”: A Lost Story" (2012). 4710 English Undergraduate Research: Children’s Literature. 2.