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Juvenilia (Literary Term)


Juvenilia Definition:
  • The collective term for literary works written during an author's youth.
  • The term can also be applied to musical & artistic works.
Juvenilia Information:
  • The term is commonly used to excuse the faults of an author's writing early in their career.
  • Juvenilia implies that literary faults are the product of immaturity or limited life experiences.
History of Juvenilia Term:
  • From Latin, literally: youthful things.
  • Term was first recorded in George Wither's poetry collection Ivvenilia (1622).
Juvenilia Title Has been Applied To The Following Authors' Early Works:
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson
  • George Wither
  • Jane Austen
  • John Dryden
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