The Young Elizabethan

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The Young Elizabethan was a British children's literary magazine of the 20th century.

History and profile

The magazine was founded in 1948 as Collins Magazine for Boys & Girls.[1] It was first published in Canada due to limitations of paper use in the United Kingdom.[2] The publishing became available for the magazine in its native country in 1950.[2] In 1953, two weeks before the coronation of Elizabeth II, the magazine changed its name to The Young Elizabethan to honour the new queen.[3] In 1958 it changed again to The Elizabethan.[3]

The Young Elizabethan generally serialised novels and also contained short stories, book reviews, poems, puzzles, and drawings. It was targeted at grammar school students.[1] It ceased publication in 1973.

One of the magazine's editors was Kaye Webb, from January 1955 to January 1958.


  1. ^ a b Simon Webb (1 February 2013). The Best Days of Our Lives: School Life in Post-War Britain. History Press. p. 142. ISBN 978-0-7524-8936-0. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Alec Ellis (16 May 2014). A History of Children's Reading and Literature: The Commonwealth and International Library: Library and Technical Information Division. Elsevier Science. p. 202. ISBN 978-1-4831-3814-5. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Irene Morra (30 September 2016). The New Elizabethan Age: Culture, Society and National Identity after World War II. I.B.Tauris. p. 147. ISBN 978-0-85772-867-8. Retrieved 16 February 2017. 
  • Humphrey Carpenter and Mari Prichard (1984). The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (Oxford: Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-211582-9) s.v. "Young Elizabethan".

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