Are some of the world's most talented writers of children's books essentially children themselves? In this engaging series of essays, Pulitzer prize-winning author Alison Lurie considers this theory, exploring children's classics from many eras and relating them to the authors who wrote them, including Louisa May Alcott, creator of Little Women, Dr. Seuss and J. K. Rowling. In analysing these and many other authors, Alison Lurie shows how these gifted writers have used children's literature to transfigure sorrow, nostalgia and the struggles of their own experience.
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Alison Lurie is the Frederic J. Whiton Professor of English Literature at Cornell University, where she has for many years taught courses in children's literature, and where her subjects include writing, folklore and literature. She divides her time between Ithaca and Florida in the United States, and Maida Vale in London.
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