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In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown Kindle Edition
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The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown.
Margaret’s books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children’s book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, book ideas, songs, and poems and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure.
Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child’s sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.
Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. Among them were two great loves in Margaret’s life. One was a gender-bending poet and the ex-wife of John Barrymore. She went by the stage name of Michael Strange and she and Margaret had a tempestuous yet secret relationship, at one point living next door to each other so that they could be together. After the dissolution of their relationship and Michael’s death, Margaret became engaged to a younger man, who also happened to be the son of a Rockefeller and a Carnegie. But before they could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of forty-two, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on become classics in children’s literature.
In In the Great Green Room, author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, and drawing on newly-discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life in to the literary world.
Thanks to Any Gary's insightful biography...now I see a colorful, vibrant woman who had complicated love affairs, a unique ability to see the world through a child's eyes, and who was constantly recreating life on her own terms.-- "Amazon.com, editorial review"
In the Great Green Room animates for readers an extraordinary life devoted to satisfying every curiosity and deepening every meaning.-- "Tracy Daugherty, New York Times bestselling author"
A true discovery....A lively portrait of a woman writer and editor who deserves to be widely known for her work.-- "Irene Gammel, author of Looking for Anne of Green Gables"
Gary adds to the portrait we have of Brown with never-before-seen materials she uncovered in 1990, including manuscripts, diaries, and letters.-- "Publishers Weekly"
The unconventional life of Margaret Wise Brown...is portrayed with sympathy and novelistic detail in this page-turning biography.-- "BookPage" --This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- ASIN : B01HB7GGS4
- Publisher : Flatiron Books (January 10, 2017)
- Publication date : January 10, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 40300 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 305 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #228,237 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #28 in Biographies of Educators (Kindle Store)
- #294 in Biographies & Memoirs of Authors
- #322 in Journalist Biographies
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Margaret’s spirit of adventure was impressive. As the subtitle states she was brilliant and bold! Her ability to see the world through a childlike lens is something to be admired and it was the key to her success as a children’s author. This book brought home the importance of positive parent to child relationships. I loved the fact that Margaret was loyal and selfless when it came to her illustrators. She ensured that the illustrators of her books could make a living wage for their craft. Read this book and be inspired to live life as your true self.
Note: The book includes several pages of photographs (not sure if they can be seen in the ebook version). These photos are the icing on the cake of Margaret's story.
A legend like Margaret Wise Brown is really defined by some of her most popular works like goodnight moon, but In the Great Green Room really went beyond those and revealed fascinating information about her life and the often tragic love affairs she was involved in. The book is well worth reading as an interesting portrait of a fascinating person, even if you did not grow up reading her children's books.
If you've made it this far in my review, quit thinking and just buy this book.
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I still have a copy of "The Important Book". I look forward to reading it to my grandson in the near future.