Boys and Girls Forever : Children's Classics from Cinderella to Harry Potter

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2003-01-01
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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Are some of the world's most talented children's book authors essentially children themselves? In this engaging series of essays, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alison Lurie considers this theory, exploring children's classics from many eras and relating them to the authors who wrote them, including Little Womenauthor Louisa May Alcott and Wizard of Ozauthor Frank Baum, as well as Dr. Seuss and Salman Rushdie. Analyzing these and many others, Lurie shows how these gifted writers have used children's literature to transfigure sorrow, nostalgia, and the struggles of their own experiences.

Author Biography

Alison Lurie is the author of many highly praised novels, including The War Between the Tates, The Truth About Lorin Jones (Prix Femina Etranger), and Foreign Affairs (Pulitzer Prize for fiction). Her most recent book was Familiar Spirits. She teaches writing, folklore, and literature at Cornell University.

Table of Contents

The Underduckling: Hans Christian Andersenp. 1
Little Women and Big Girls: Louisa May Alcottp. 13
The Oddness of Ozp. 25
Is There Anybody There? Walter De La Mare's Solitary Childp. 47
John Masefield's Boxes of Delightp. 63
Moomintroll and his Friendsp. 79
Dr. Seuss Comes Backp. 91
Haroun and the Sea of Storiesp. 105
The Perils of Harry Potterp. 113
What Fairy Tales Tell Usp. 125
Boys and Girls Come Out to Play: Children's Gamesp. 139
Poetry by and for Childrenp. 149
Louder than Words: Children's Book Illustrationsp. 159
Enchanted Forests and Secret Gardens: Nature in Children's Literaturep. 171
Notesp. 187
Bibliographyp. 199
Indexp. 209
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