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Friday, November 18, 2016

Definitions for juvenilia

  1. works, especially writings, produced in one's youth: His juvenilia were more successful than his mature writings.
  2. literary or artistic productions suitable or designed for the young: publishers of juvenilia.

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Citations for juvenilia
He showed us a majestic cupboard. “When I'm dead, remember this contains all my juvenilia, the poems I wrote when I was sixteen, the sketches for sagas in six volumes made at eighteen, and so on …” Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum, translated by William Weaver, 1989
Young diarists are often thusly spirited; and juvenilia is worth keeping and consulting for its honesty and its exuberance as much as for its historical usefulness. Ian Crouch, "E. B. White on His Eighteenth Birthday," The New Yorker, July 11, 2011
Origin of juvenilia
Juvenilia means "youthful (works)" in Latin. It is the neuter plural form of the adjective juvenīlis, a derivative of the adjective and noun juvenis, "young, a young person (i.e., between the 20 and 40)." It entered English in the early 1600s.
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