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- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
An animated first-time history of the visionarieseditors, authors, librarians, booksellers, and otherswhose passion for books has transformed American childhood and American culture
What should children read? As the preeminent children’s literature authority, Leonard S. Marcus, shows incisively, that’s the three-hundred-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious children’s book publishing scene in Colonial times. And it’s the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century children’s book publishing from a genteel backwater to big business.
Marcus delivers a provocative look at the fierce turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librariansmost of them womenthroughout the twentieth century. His story of the emergence and growth of the major publishing housesand of the distinctive literature for the young they shapedgains extraordinary depth (and occasional dish) through the author’s path-finding research and in-depth interviews with dozens of editors, artists, and other key publishing figures whose careers go back to the 1930s, including Maurice Sendak, Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret K. McElderry, and Margret Rey.
From The New England Primer to The Cat in the Hat to Cormier’s The Chocolate War, Marcus offers a richly informed, witty appraisal of the pivotal books that transformed children’s book publishing, and brings alive the revealing synergy between books like these and the national mood of their times.
|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Edition description:||New Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.94(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
Table of Contents
Foreword ix 1. Providence and purpose in Colonial America and the young republic 1 2. Wonder in the wake of war: publishing for children from the gilded age to the dawn of the new century 32 3. Innocence lost and found: the 1920s 71 4. Sisters in crisis and in conflict: the 1930s 110 5. World war and mass market: the 1940s 142 6. Fun and fear: the 1950s 183 7. Shaken and stirred: the 1960s 218 8. Change and more change: the 1970s 249 9. Suits and wizards at the millennium’s gate 280 Acknowledgments 319 Notes 322 Index 370
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