Arthur Mee - Encyclopaedist

Novelist and critic Ian Sansom tells the story of Arthur Mee, prolific educationalist, editor and writer whose Children's Encyclopaedia and Children's Newspaper were bought by millions throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

Contributors include biographer Maisie Robson, publisher Steve Rudd, astronomer Heather Couper and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry

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Novelist and critic Ian Sansom tells the story of Arthur Mee, prolific educationalist, editor and writer whose Children's Encyclopaedia and Children's Newspaper were bought by millions throughout the first half of the twentieth century.

Contributors include biographer Maisie Robson, publisher Steve Rudd, astronomer Heather Couper and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry

Novelist and critic Ian Sansom tells the story of Arthur Mee, prolific educationalist, editor and writer whose Children's Encyclopaedia and Children's Newspaper were bought by millions throughout the first half of the twentieth century. A man of phenomenal energy, Mee's writing output averaged a million words a year for fifty years.

Contributors include biographer Maisie Robson, publisher Steve Rudd, astronomer Heather Couper and Turner Prize winner Grayson Perry.

Enthusiast Ian Sansom explores the life and work of the prolific journalist, historian, polemicist and children's educator.

Ian Sansom explores the life of the prolific journalist, historian and children's educator

"Novelist and critic Ian Sansom tells the story of Arthur Mee, prolific educationalist, editor and writer whose Children's Encyclopaedia and Children's Newspaper were bought by millions throughout the first half of the twentieth century. A man of phenomenal energy, Mee's writing output averaged a million words a year for fifty years.

The story of Arthur Mee, the prolific educationalist, editor and writer whose Children's Encyclopaedia and Children's Newspaper were bought by millions throughout the first half of the 20th century.

Many children remember fondly the place it occupied on their shelves and their knowledge of the world and other cultures came in large part filtered through the eclectic and eccentric lens of Mee's encyclopaedia - Mee was staunchly Christian, patriotic, imperialist and, to present day readers, a racist as well as an energetic campaigner for the temperance movement.

Ian Sansom interviews Mee's biographer Maisie Robson, publishers who have lovingly curated a huge backlist of Arthur Mee titles and people who grew up with his encyclopaedia in pride of place on their bookshelves.

The life and work of the prolific journalist, historian, polemicist and educator.

Ian Sansom explores the life of the prolific journalist, historian and children's educator

The life and work of the creator of the children's encyclopaedia bought by millions.

The life and work of the creator of the children's encyclopaedia bought by millions.