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See also Arthur Butler Phillips Mee, noted astronomer and journalist.


Arthur Mee (July 21 1875 - May 27 1943) was a British writer, journalist and educator. He is best known for The Children's Encyclopedia and The King's England. He also produced other works, usually with a patriotic tone, especially on the subjects of history or the countryside.

Biography

He was born on July 21 1875, at Staplefordmarker near Nottinghammarker, Englandmarker, to a modest family. As a boy he earned money from reading the reports of Parliament to a local blind man. He left school at 14 to join a local newspaper, where he became an editor by age 20. He contributed many non-fiction articles to magazines and joined the staff of The Daily Mail in 1898. He was made literary editor five years later.

After publishing several books, in 1908 he began work on The Children's Encyclopaedia, which came out as a fortnightly magazine. The series was published and bound in eight volumes soon afterwards, and later expanded to ten volumes. After the success of the Encyclopædia, he started the Self-Educator, and then the first newspaper published for children, the weekly The Children's Newspaper, which was published until 1965.

Although he made money from these works, he did not receive a fair share. He had a large house built overlooking the hills near Eynsfordmarker in Kentmarker. Its development from design to the final building was depicted in later editions of The Children's Encyclopedia.

Mee had one child, but, despite his work, declared that he had no particular affinity with children. His works for them suggest that his interest was in trying to encourage the raising of a generation of patriotic and moral citizens. He came from a Baptist upbringing, and supported the temperance movement.

He died in Londonmarker and his books continued to be published after his death, most noticeably The King's England, a guide to the counties of England, which is being progressively republished. Mee's works were successful abroad. His Encyclopedia was translated into Chinese and sold well in the United States under the title Book of Knowledge.

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References

  1. John Hammerton(1946) Child of Wonder: An Intimate Biography of Arthur Mee
  2. Details of all the 41 titles obtained from a copy of The King's England series, originally published by Hodder and Stoughton, London, which were illustrated with 10,000 places and 6,000 photographs commencing about 1936
  • Gillian Elias (1993) Arthur Mee - Journalist in Chief to British Youth
  • Maisie Robson (2003) Arthur Mee's Dream of England
  • Enchanted Land: Half-a-Million Miles in the King's England, Introductory Volume to the UKmarker series known as The King's England - (A New Domesday Book of 10,000 Towns and Villages)


Further reading

  • The World of the Edwardian Child, as seen in Arthur Mee's Children's Encyclopædia, 1908-1910 by Michael Tracy (2008)[105842] This includes more information and a new assessment of Arthur Mee and his work, also that of other contributors to the Encyclopædia, and a summary of Hammerton's biography.


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