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Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
 
 
Author
Leonard S. Marcus.
Publisher Houghton Mifflin  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 9.25 x 6.25 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780395674079
Pages/Publication Date 402/2008
Daedalus Item Code 13241
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What should children read? As Leonard Marcus incisively demonstrates here, that's the 300-year-old question that sparked the creation of a rambunctious children's book publishing scene in Colonial times, and later fueled its transformation from a genteel backwater of publishing to big business. In the 20th century, Marcus delivers a provocative look at the turf wars fought among pioneering editors, progressive educators, and librarians—most of them women. The book is informed by in-depth and occasionally dishy interviews with dozens of editors, artists, and other key publishing figures, including Maurice Sendak, Ursula Nordstrom, Margaret K. McElderry, and Margret Rey.

"Chock-full of interesting facts such as when the first printing press was established in America (1639) and how the first children's book followed 50 years later, this intriguing book grabs readers from the start.... Marcus looks at such varied aspects as the impact of television on children's books, the beginnings of famous series such as the Landmark Books and the Hardy Boys, and how Maurice Sendak went from being a member of the display staff at F.A.O. Schwarz to getting his first contract with Ursula Nordstrom at Harper & Row. There is an overwhelming amount of information in this book but its inspired chronological organization saves the day."—School Library Journal

 
 
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