Virginia Lee Burton's "Little House" in Popular Consciousness: Fuelling Postwar Environmentalism and Antiurbanism?

Joe Goddard

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This paper considers the significance of Victoria Lee Burton’s authorship, specifically the Little House for lifestyle preferences and the development of environmental consciousness in the postwar period. The paper argues that Burton deliberately designed her work to evoke country-friendly sensibilities and ambiences of her audience, and portrayed the city in troublesome ways. The enduring success of the Little House for young audiences and commercially suggests that Burton struck a chord. Burton’s origins and upbringing probably also infused her depiction of a cosmopolitan rural idealism. Burton’s importance for modern environmentalism deserves
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Urban History
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)562-582
Number of pages20
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2011

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