MARY CADOGAN and PATRICIA CRAIG
The well-chaperoned child star of impeccable propriety had been a feature of American film studios as far back as the early 1900s; but it was not until the 1920s in England that the middle-class images of model child and child actress or ballet dancer began to coalesce. Noel Streatfeild was the first children's author to express the theatre's increasing social respectability … in a book which is respectable also from a literary point of view; and Ballet Shoes, which came out in 1936, remains the best example of the type of fiction which began with it—the family story with a theatrical bias.
It is appropriate that this book should use conventions of the media which provide its subject...
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