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Noel Streatfeild (Twayne's English Authors Series) Hardcover – November, 1994
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While Bull claims that anyone would assume that Streatfeild was a lesbian, Huse urges us not to take Bull's claims as solid truth, but to withhold judgment since nothing is known about her sex life one way or the other.
I wound up feeling sorry for Noel Streatfeild, a former actress who wound up being the manager for a little girls' theatrical company, which is not easy work! Then she made the leap to writing fulltime, and she had the big break of seeing her novel BALLET SHOES become a hit on both sides of the Atlantic. For a UK author, "cracking the US" is all-important, but it came with a price for poor, fragile Ms. Streatfeild. She had to undergo the miserable experience os seeing the titles of nearly everyone of her books changed to meet the US publishers' demands. The terribly US publishers wanted to put her firmly into the "shoes" box as it were. They thought, "Well, Ballet Shoes has done well for us, klet's change the name of all of her books so that the stupid masses of America connect her with Shoes and Shoes alone." Thus in the USA, Streatfeild's 1962 novel Apple Bough became Travelling Shoes. The Circus is Coming they called Circus Shoes (which doesn't even make any sense). Curtain Up is Theater Shoes in the US. White Boots? Skating Shoes. And on and on!
Sadder still is when Streatfeild, evidently thinking if you can't beat em join em, just went in with their wishes and called her tennis book, Tennis Shoes. Poor thing, and yet, kids just love those "Shoes" books even when no shoe is mentioned in them. And so do I!