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Pipers at the gates of dawn : the wisdom of children's literature

Author: Jonathan Cott
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©1983.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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This book consists of six extraordinary creators of children's literature - Dr Seuss, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Astrid Lindgren, Chinua Achebe, P.L. Travers, and with Lona and Peter Opie, the great contemporary scholars of children's lore, games, and language. In seven broad-ranging incisive essay-interviews, the author explores with these authors themselves the lives of their created characters and the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Cott, Jonathan.
Pipers at the gates of dawn.
New York : Random House, ©1983
(OCoLC)564889850
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Cott
ISBN: 039450464X 9780394504643
OCLC Number: 8728388
Description: xxiii, 327 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: The good Dr. Seuss --
Maurice Sendak : King of all the wild things --
William Steig and his path --
The happy childhoods of Pippi Longstocking and Astrid Lindgren --
Chinua Achebe : At the crossroads --
The wisdom of Mary Poppins : Afternoon tea with P.L. Travers --
When the voices of children are heard on the green : Iona and Peter Opie.
Responsibility: Jonathan Cott.

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This book consists of six extraordinary creators of children's literature - Dr Seuss, Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Astrid Lindgren, Chinua Achebe, P.L. Travers, and with Lona and Peter Opie, the great contemporary scholars of children's lore, games, and language. In seven broad-ranging incisive essay-interviews, the author explores with these authors themselves the lives of their created characters and the characters of their own lives. Despite differences in nationality, generation, and gender, all share with Cott an impassioned sense of the richness, complexity, and lucidity of childhood, and of the enduring importance pf children's literature in the lives of all of us, the readers.

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