Short Stories for Children
Detail from “The Moth”
Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna, who wrote under the name Elizabeth Charlotte, was an English writer who was born in 1790. After her marriage she moved with her soldier husband to the family estate in Kilkenny and it was while she lived in Ireland that she started to write. Her writings had a strongly Protestant and Unionist bent. Her novel, “A Rockite” dealt with the agrarian uprising of the early 1820s which convulsed the country. After the collapse of her marriage, Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna returned to England and continued to write poetry, novels, work as an editor and publish improving tracts until her death. In her work, no natural phenomenon was safe from being transformed into an improving tale for children, as “The Moth” demonstrates.