by Karen B., March 17, 2009 10:59 AM
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.