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Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

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Laura Ingalls Wilder. Crockett Johnson. Margaret Wise Brown. Ruth Krauss. Garth Williams. Maurice Sendak. Russell Hoban. Louise Fitzhugh. What do all of these names have in common? They are brilliant children's authors and illustrators who have been known and loved for generations. This is true. But they have something else in common: they were all published by Ursula Nordstrom, the most influential editor of children's literature of the 20th century. This book of letters spans her career, allowing us to watch as rough manuscripts were shaped into the beloved classics we know so well. It also gives us a window into the idiosyncrasies and personalities of all of these amazing authors and the editor who shaped them. If you've ever wondered how a book becomes a polished, published piece, Dear Genius is a must.
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She trusted her immense intuition and generous heart--and published the most groundbreaking books for children in modern history... Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, was arguably the single most creative force for innovation in children's book publishing in the United States during the twentieth century. Considered an editor of maverick temperament and taste, her unorthodox vision helped create such classics as Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things Are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and The Giving Tree.
Leonard S. Marcus has culled an exceptional collection of letters from the HarperCollins archives. The letters included here are representative of the brilliant correspondence that was instrumental in the creation of some of the most beloved books in the world today. Full of wit and humor, they are immensely entertaining, thought-provoking, and moving in their revelation of the devotion and high-voltage intellect of an incomparably gifted editor, mentor, and publishing visionary.

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is an historian, biographer, and critic whose many books include Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; Margaret Wise Brown: Awakened by the Moon; The Making of Goodnight Moon: A Fiftieth Anniversary Retrospective; and Lifelines. Mr. Marcus is a graduate of Yale University and of the University of Iowa's graduate Writers Workshop in Poetry. He and his wife, the illustrator Amy Schwartz, live with their son, Jacob, in Brooklyn, NY.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060236250
Subtitle:
The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom
Editor:
Nordstrom, Ursula
Author:
Sendak, Maurice
Author:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Publisher:
HarperCollins LANGUAGE: eng
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Children's Literature
Subject:
Publishing
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Children's Literature - General
Publication Date:
March 1998
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Pages:
448
Dimensions:
9.34x6.40x1.86 in. 1.93 lbs.
Age Level:
to 0

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Laura Ingalls Wilder. Crockett Johnson. Margaret Wise Brown. Ruth Krauss. Garth Williams. Maurice Sendak. Russell Hoban. Louise Fitzhugh. What do all of these names have in common? They are brilliant children's authors and illustrators who have been known and loved for generations. This is true. But they have something else in common: they were all published by Ursula Nordstrom, the most influential editor of children's literature of the 20th century. This book of letters spans her career, allowing us to watch as rough manuscripts were shaped into the beloved classics we know so well. It also gives us a window into the idiosyncrasies and personalities of all of these amazing authors and the editor who shaped them. If you've ever wondered how a book becomes a polished, published piece, Dear Genius is a must.

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