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Minders of Make-believe

Idealists, Entrepreneurs, And The Shaping Of American Children's Literature

By Leonard S. Marcus, 1950-

An animated first-time history of the visionaries--editors, authors, librarians, booksellers, and others--whose passion for books has transformed American childhood and American culture

What should children read? As the preeminent children’s literature authority, Leonard S. Marcus, shows incisively, that’s the three-hundred-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious children’s book publishing scene in Colonial times. And it’s the urgent issue that went on to fuel the transformation of twentieth-century children’s book publishing from a genteel backwater to big business.
Marcus delivers a provocative look at the fierce turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians--most of them women--throughout the twentieth century. His story of the emergence and growth of the major publishing houses--and of the distinctive literature for the young they shaped--gains extraordinary depth (and occasional dish) through the author’s 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 Maurice Sendak, Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret K. McElderry, and Margret Rey.
From The New England Primer to The Cat in the Hat to Cormier’s The Chocolate War, Marcus offers a richly informed, witty appraisal of the pivotal books that transformed children’s book publishing, and brings alive the revealing synergy between books like these and the national mood of their times.

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Publish Date

2008

ISBN

0395674077


Format: Book
Author: Marcus, Leonard S., 1950-
Summary: Examines the dramatic changes that occurred in children's literature during the twentieth century, the growth and impact of major publishing houses, the influence of key publishing figures, and the contributions of pioneering editors, educators, and librarians.
Title: Minders of make-believe : idealists, entrepreneurs, and the shaping of American children's literature / Leonard S. Marcus.
Publisher Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
Subject: Children's literature -- Publishing -- United States -- History. Children's books -- United States -- History. Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History Children's literature -- Publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century Children's books -- United States -- History -- 20th century. Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Isbn: 0395674077 9780395674079
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Format: Book
Author: Marcus, Leonard S., 1950-
Summary: Examines the dramatic changes that occurred in children's literature during the twentieth century, the growth and impact of major publishing houses, the influence of key publishing figures, and the contributions of pioneering editors, educators, and librarians.
Title: Minders of make-believe : idealists, entrepreneurs, and the shaping of American children's literature / Leonard S. Marcus.
Publisher, Date: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 2008.
Description: xi, 402 p. ; 24 cm.
Subjects: Children's literature -- Publishing -- United States -- History.
Subjects: Children's books -- United States -- History.
Subjects: Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History
Subjects: Children's literature -- Publishing -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Subjects: Children's books -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subjects: Children -- Books and reading -- United States -- History -- 20th century
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. 322-369) and index.
Contents: Providence and purpose in Colonial America and the young republic -- Wonder in the wake of war : publishing for the 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.
LCCN: 2008000589
ISBN: 0395674077
ISBN: 9780395674079
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Available Copies: 4
Total Copies: 4
Call Number: 070.5083 Mar