In this fascinating behind-the-scenes look at children's book publishing, letters to Shel Silverstein, Maurice Sendak, Laura Ingalls Wilder, John Steptoe, and Kay Thompson reveal a woman on an unorthodox quest to wrench children's literature from the stultifying clutches of sentimental illusion and false piety. Her dedication to creative, honest, original, non-condescending books for children changed the landscape of children's literature forever. As Marcus writes in his introduction, "...her letters have much to tell about the arts of writing, illustrating, and editing; the social history of the twentieth century; and the pivotal role that books, and a love of books, can play in children's lives. To read the letters is to receive a many-faceted education from a teacher of rare insight, good humor, and lively humanity. I am glad that readers will now be able to share in the experience." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I stumbled upon the existence of this book at an exhibition of illustrations of Maurice Sendak. Ursula Nordstrom was his editor and she is credited with transforming children's... Read morePublished 16 months ago by kayakwoman
To know of Ursula Nordstrom is to long for an editor worth writing. Nordstrom, the director of Harper's Department of Books for Boys and Girls from 1940-1973, is responsible for... Read morePublished 23 months ago by ellestar27
Anyone who writes or loves children's books should own this book of letters from Ursula Nordstrom, long-time editor at Harper Collins, to her authors. Read morePublished on August 6, 2007 by Deborah Freedman
A must read for any writer or lover of children's books, Dear Genius gives remarkable insight into the mind and career of Ursula Nordstrom, long-time director of Harper's... Read morePublished on February 4, 2001 by Meredith W.