Summer Reading Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


The Powell's Playlist | June 18, 2014

Daniel H. Wilson: IMG The Powell’s Playlist: Daniel H. Wilson



Like many writers, I'm constantly haunting coffee shops with a laptop out and my headphones on. I listen to a lot of music while I write, and songs... Continue »

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$12.00
List price: $21.99
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
12 Partner Warehouse General- General

Dear Genius : Letters of Ursula Nordstorm (98 Edition)

by

Dear Genius : Letters of Ursula Nordstorm (98 Edition) Cover

 

Staff Pick

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.
Recommended by Karen B., Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Please note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.

Publisher Comments:

She trusted her immense intuition and generous heart--and published the most. 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.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.

Synopsis:

Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, is a legend--one of the most creative forces in children's books. Marcus now gathers the editorial letters of this indefatigable, irresistible woman, for a revealing portrait of a true genius. A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book of 1998.

Synopsis:

Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, is regarded as 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, she dared to publish groundbreaking, sometimes controversial books for an audience that was used to the often condescending material deemed "appropriate" for children. Her unorthodox vision of what she called "good books for bad children" helped create such classics as Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and the Giving Tree. But it took a lot more than editorial genius to juggle such a diverse roster of talent as Margaret Wise Brown, Shel Silverstein, E. B. White, Maurice Sendak, and John Steptoe; it took immense intuition and a generous heart. Recognizing that artists need emotional as well as financial support, Nordstrom gave to each what she or he needed to thrive and flourish. She could be a best friend, a teacher, a mother, and sometimes even a taskmaster. Most of all, she was always available - ready to talk, to listen, to encourage, and to guide. Leonard S. Marcus has culled an exceptional collection of letters from the HarperCollins archives.

Synopsis:

She trusted her immense intuition and generous heart--and published the most. 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.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 creationof 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:
9780064462358
Editor:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Author:
Sendak, Maurice
Editor:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Author:
Marcus, Leonard S.
Author:
by Leonard S. Marcus and Maurice Sendak
Author:
Nordstrom, Ursula
Author:
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Subject:
History
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Biography / Autobiography
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography - Literary
Subject:
Publishers and publishing
Subject:
Biography & Autobiography : Literary
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Nordstrom, Ursula - Correspondence
Subject:
Publishers and publishing -- United States.
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Biography
Edition Description:
Paperback
Publication Date:
20000331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
456
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1.25275 in 20.8 oz
Age Level:
100

Other books you might like

  1. Mr. Putter & Tabby Catch the Cold... New Trade Paper $5.99
  2. Dark Reflections #01: The Water Mirror Used Trade Paper $4.50
  3. The New Adventures of the Mad... New Hardcover $18.95
  4. Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs Used Trade Paper $3.95
  5. Sabriel: The Abhorsen Trilogy, Book...
    Used Mass Market $4.95
  6. Ben's Trumpet Used Pamphlet $1.95

Related Subjects


Biography » Literary
Children's » Authors and Illustrators » General
Children's » Nonfiction » Biographies
Education » General
Reference » Books on Books
Young Adult » Nonfiction » Biographies

Dear Genius : Letters of Ursula Nordstorm (98 Edition) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$12.00 In Stock
Product details 456 pages HarperTrophy - English 9780064462358 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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.

"Synopsis" by , Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, is a legend--one of the most creative forces in children's books. Marcus now gathers the editorial letters of this indefatigable, irresistible woman, for a revealing portrait of a true genius. A "New York Times Book Review" Notable Book of 1998.
"Synopsis" by , Ursula Nordstrom, director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940 to 1973, is regarded as 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, she dared to publish groundbreaking, sometimes controversial books for an audience that was used to the often condescending material deemed "appropriate" for children. Her unorthodox vision of what she called "good books for bad children" helped create such classics as Goodnight Moon, Charlotte's Web, Where the Wild Things are, Harold and the Purple Crayon, and the Giving Tree. But it took a lot more than editorial genius to juggle such a diverse roster of talent as Margaret Wise Brown, Shel Silverstein, E. B. White, Maurice Sendak, and John Steptoe; it took immense intuition and a generous heart. Recognizing that artists need emotional as well as financial support, Nordstrom gave to each what she or he needed to thrive and flourish. She could be a best friend, a teacher, a mother, and sometimes even a taskmaster. Most of all, she was always available - ready to talk, to listen, to encourage, and to guide. Leonard S. Marcus has culled an exceptional collection of letters from the HarperCollins archives.

"Synopsis" by , She trusted her immense intuition and generous heart--and published the most. 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.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 creationof 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.

spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.