Isabel Frances Bellows' "A Deadly Feud" and the Cultural Confines of the Duel and the Police

  • Hugh Hickman University of Florida


From Aesop’s Fables to Peter and Wendy, children’s literature combines the innocent, exuberant state of childhood with the grit and grime of reality, often introducing and imprinting upon youth grave concepts beyond their grasp such as crime and death. Isabel Frances Bellows’ “A Deadly Feud” is just such an example, appearing during the heyday of the Golden Age of Children’s literature in the 9th issue of the 14th volume of St. Nicholas Magazine published in 1887.