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John Aikin
(15 Jan 1747 - 7 Dec 1822)

English physician and writer who remains noted for his very popular books of family readings, authored with his sister, Anna Laetitia Barbauld. The six volumes of Evenings at Home (17921795), were translated for publication throughout Europe. They represent an early example of literature designed for children.

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The invention [of paper] has been of almost equal consequence to literature with that of printing itself; and shows how the arts and sciences, like children of the same family, mutually assist and bring forward each other.
— John Aikin
In John Aikin and Anna Letitia Aikin Barbauld, 'The Manufacture of Paper', Evenings at Home: Or, The Juvenile Budget Opened (U.S. Revised ed., 1839), 145. In its Preface it was indicated this particular piece, written by Barbauld, was first added to the 15th London edition, posthumously, from her papers. The plan of work for the six volumes in this series originated with Dr. John Aiken in 1792.
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