Minders of Make-Believe Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature

ISBN-10: 0395674077
ISBN-13: 9780395674079
Edition: 2008
List price: $28.00
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Description: An animated first-time history of the visionaries-editors, illustrators, and others-whose books have transformed American childhood and American culture. What should children read? As preeminent childrens literature authority Leonard S. Marcus  More...

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Book details

List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication date: 5/7/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 416
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.386
Language: English

An animated first-time history of the visionaries-editors, illustrators, and others-whose books have transformed American childhood and American culture. What should children read? As preeminent childrens literature authority Leonard S. Marcus shows incisively, thats the three-hundred-year-old question that created a rambunctious childrens book publishing scene in colonial times. And its the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century childrens book publishing from genteel backwater to big business. Marcus delivers a provocative look at the fierce turf wars fought among the pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians-most of them women-throughout the twentieth century. His story of the emergence, growth, and impact of the major publishing houses gains dramatic depth (and occasional dish) through the authors 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 the late Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret K. McElderry, Charlotte Zolotow, Maurice Sendak, the late Clement Hurd, and many others. From The New England Primer to The Cat in the Hat to Cormiers The Chocolate War, Marcus offers a richly informed, witty analysis of the pivotal books that transformed childrens book publishing, and brings alive the revealing synergy between books like these and the national mood of their times.

Providence and Purpose in Colonial America and the Young Republic
Wonder in the Wake of War: Publishing for Children from the Gilded Age to the Dawn of the New Century
Innocence Lost and Found: The 1920s
Sisters in Crisis and in Conflict: The 1930s
World War and Mass Market: The 1940s
Fun and Fear: The 1950s
Shaken and Stirred: The 1960s
Change and More Change: The 1970s
Suits and Wizards at the Millennium's Gate
Acknowledgments
Notes
Index

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