Wild or feral children have fascinated us down the centuries, and continue to do so today. In a haunting and hugely readable study, Michael Newton deftly investigates a number of infamous cases. He looks at Peter the Wild Boy, who gripped the attention of Swift and Defoe, and at Victor of Aveyron who roamed the forests of revolutionary France. He tells the story of a savage girl lost on the streets of Paris; of two children brought up by wolves in the jungles of India; of a boy brought up among monkeys in Uganda; and in Moscow, of a child found living with a pack of wild dogs.
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Praise for Michael Newton’s Savage Girls and Wild Boys
“Newton’s thoughtful and crisply written book...tells [the stories] confidently, clearly, and with great humanity.”
---Richard Davenport-Hines, author of The Pursuit of Oblivion and Gothic
“Newton’s style and tone set out to entertain. He is scholarly, playful, and very slightly mad.”
---Ian Sansom, author of The Truth About Babies
“A fascinating, truly thought-provoking book, written with passionate intelligence.”
---Melissa Murray, author of Changelings
“The stories, which Michael Newton has collected and analyzed, are parables about what it means to be human, and they demonstrate how flimsy our definition of ourselves as superior creatures actually is.”
---Peter Conrad, author of The Hitchcock Murders
“A collection of six extraordinary individual histories, beautifully navigated.”
---Francis Spufford, author of The Child That Books Built
Michael Newton has taught at University College London and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Savage Girls and Wild Boys is his first book. He currently teaches at Princeton University. He divides his time between London and Princeton, New Jersey.
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