Dear Genius

Dear Genius

The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Book - 1998
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"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."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperCollins, c1998
ISBN: 9780060236243
Branch Call Number: Ju PROF 070.5 Nor
Additional Contributors: Marcus, Leonard S. 1950-


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SPPL_Joey Mar 19, 2018

Nordstrom was director of Harper's children's books from 1940 to 1973. She edited many of the most innovative and lasting children's authors of the mid 20th century, from Maurice Sendak to E.B. White to Margaret Wise Brown to Louise Fitzhugh to Russell Hoban to John Steptoe to Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson, and many more.

Anyone interested in the history of American picture books would be well-advised to check this out.


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