In the Great Green Room The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2017-01-10
  • Publisher: Flatiron Books

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For decades children and their parents around the world have cuddled together to read Goodnight Moon and Runaway Bunny. While the lulling words of these stories have formed nighttime rituals for millions, few know that these classic works were part of a publishing revolution led by Margaret Wise Brown, who was renowned not only for her prolific writing and creative genius, but also for her stunning beauty and thirst for adventure.

In 1990, author Amy Gary discovered unpublished manuscripts, songs, personal letters, and diaries from Margaret tucked away in a trunk in the attic of Margaretís sisterís barn. Since then, Gary has pored over these works and with this unique insight in to Margaretís world she chronicles her rise in the literary world. Clever, quirky, and wildly imaginative, Margaret embraced life with passion, threw wild parties, attended rabbit hunts, and lived extravagantly off of her royalties. She carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women, including the ex-wife of John Barrymore, and was engaged to a younger man (who was the son of a Carnegie and a Rockefeller) when she died unexpectedly at the age of 42.

In the Great Green Room captures the exceptional spirit of Margaret whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world.

Author Biography

AMY GARY has cataloged, edited, and researched all of Margaretís writings for the last twenty-five years. Amy has been covered in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and The Wall Street Journal. She was formerly the Director of Publishing at Lucasfilm and headed the publishing department at Pixar Animation studios.

Table of Contents

Foreword by James Stillman Rockefeller, Jr.
A Note from the Author
Prologue: 1950
Chapter One: 1910 - 1914
Chapter Two: 1917-1923
Chapter Three: 1924 - 1927
Chapter Four: 1928
Chapter Five: 1929-1932
Chapter Six: 1934-1935
Chapter Seven: 1936 - 1937
Chapter Eight: 1938
Chapter Nine: 1939
Chapter Ten: 1940
Chapter Eleven: 1941
Chapter Twelve: 1942
Chapter Thirteen: 1943
Chapter Fourteen: 1944
Chapter Fifteen: 1945 - 1946
Chapter Sixteen: 1947
Chapter Seventeen: 1948
Chapter Eighteen: 1949
Chapter Nineteen: 1950
Chapter Twenty: 1951
Chapter Twenty-One: 1952

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