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Boys and Girls Forever: Children's Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter

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Publisher Comments:

Are some of the world's most talented children's book authors essentially children themselves? In this engaging series of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie considers this theory, exploring children's classics from many eras and relating them to the authors who wrote them, including Little Women author Louisa May Alcott and Wizard of Oz author Frank Baum, as well as Dr. Seuss and Salman Rushdie. Analyzing these and many others, Lurie shows how these gifted writers have used children's literature to transfigure sorrow, nostalgia, and the struggles of their own experiences.

Review:

"[T]he essays are consistently entertaining, enlightening and erudite, and Lurie's insights into a host of classic titles, including such topics as gender role reversal and social satire in the Oz books, the enduring power of symbolism in fairy tales and changing literary tastes over the past two centuries, bring clarity to an always-evolving form. Publishers Weekly

Review:

?In clear, lively, unpretentious style, Lurie writes serious literary criticism about the best children's books, classic and contemporary? she talks to adults about the stories and how they reflect the changing image of childhood. This time she also focuses on the writers' own lives and what their stories say about their growing up or not wanting to grow up.? Booklist

Book News Annotation:

Lurie (writing, folklore, Cornell U.) supports the view that authors of children's literature tend to be Peter Pans who never entirely grow up. Fourteen essays discuss such authors as Hans Christian Anderson, Louisa May Alcott, Dr. Seuss, and J.K. Rowling; poetry by/for children; and illustrations, and nature in such literature. Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-208) and index.

Synopsis:

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lurie explores children's classics from many eras and relates them to the authors who wrote them--from "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott to Salman Rushie--and shows how these gifted writers used children's literature to transfigure the struggles of their own experiences.

About the Author

Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels, including The War Between the Tates, The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger), and Foreign Affairs (Pulitzer Prize for fiction). Her most recent book was Familiar Spirits. She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

The underduckling : Hans Christian Andersen — Little women and big girls : Louisa May Alcott — The oddness of Oz — Is there anybody there? : Walter de la Mare's solitary child — John Masefield's boxes of delight — Moomintroll and his friends — Dr. Seuss comes back — Haroun and the sea of stories — The perils of Harry Potter — What fairy tales tell us — Boys and girls come out to play : children's games — Poetry by and for children — Louder than words : children's book illustrations — Enchanted forest and secret gardens : nature in children's literature.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002520
Author:
Lurie, Alison
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Children
Subject:
English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh
Subject:
Children's stories, American
Subject:
Children's stories, English
Subject:
Children's Literature - General
Subject:
Children's Literature
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 237
Publication Date:
20021231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.02x5.33x.54 in. .47 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 240 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142002520 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[T]he essays are consistently entertaining, enlightening and erudite, and Lurie's insights into a host of classic titles, including such topics as gender role reversal and social satire in the Oz books, the enduring power of symbolism in fairy tales and changing literary tastes over the past two centuries, bring clarity to an always-evolving form.
"Review" by , ?In clear, lively, unpretentious style, Lurie writes serious literary criticism about the best children's books, classic and contemporary? she talks to adults about the stories and how they reflect the changing image of childhood. This time she also focuses on the writers' own lives and what their stories say about their growing up or not wanting to grow up.? Booklist
"Synopsis" by , Includes bibliographical references (p. 187-208) and index.
"Synopsis" by , Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lurie explores children's classics from many eras and relates them to the authors who wrote them--from "Little Women" author Louisa May Alcott to Salman Rushie--and shows how these gifted writers used children's literature to transfigure the struggles of their own experiences.

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