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Read for Your Life #16

Read for Your Life #16

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Read for Your Life #16

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34 страницы
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15 авг. 2011 г.
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9780547507583
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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is publishing a monthly series of e-only essays to correspond with Katherine Paterson’s two-year term as the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature. The subjects of the essays include: writing and literature for young people, the wonder and imagination found within great books, common questions novice writers ask, and Katherine’s own personal experiences throughout her historic career.
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15 авг. 2011 г.
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Katherine Paterson is one of the world’s most celebrated and beloved authors. Among her many awards are two Newberys and two National Book Awards, and she was recently named a "Living Legend” by the Library of Congress. She has been published in more than 22 languages in a variety of formats, from picture books to historical novels.


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Read for Your Life #16 - Katherine Paterson

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The Perilous Realm of Realism

SINCE people have begun to ask my opinion about things, they, especially librarians, want to know who my own favorite writers for children are. I never seem to be prepared for this question, and I'm sure I give different names whenever I am asked. Last year in Baltimore, I found myself taking the time to give a really nice long list. There is, as you know, a lot of good writing being done for children and young people these days, and though I haven't read it all, it's not for want of trying. When I had finished my list, someone piped up. Do you realize, she asked, how top-heavy that list is with fantasy writers? I hadn't realized it before, which is living proof that the unexamined life is quite worth living. But of course these librarians wanted me to explain the significance of it all, since I myself was not a writer of fantasy.

What it means, I suppose, is that deep down within myself I believe that the real writers are the poets and that crowding the poets in the hierarchy of literature are the fantasists. You'll notice that when my characters read books they tend to read fantasy—fairy tales or C. S. Lewis or Tolkien. And, as an aside, there was some discussion with my editor about a number of literary allusions in Bridge to Terabithia. She didn't mind, but would they bother children who hadn't read the books? My feeling was that it ought to bother them so much that they'd rush out and get the books and read them. I was absolutely delighted when a fifth-grader asked me shyly if that remark on page 57 about the assistant pig keeper meant that Jesse was reading The Book of Three, which was obviously one of her favorite books.

I realize that it is very logical to ask why, if I like fantasy so much, I am not writing it. Or, for that matter, why I'm not writing poetry. Well, I doubt that many writers say: Hereto I will write me a fantasy, or I will write me a bit of realism. A story occurs to you, and you are well into dealing with it before you start analyzing what genre you're involved with. If a great tale of fantasy came to me, I'd rush to write it down. But I can't imagine sitting down before my typewriter and saying: Today is the day I'm going to write fantasy.

The closest I have ever come to writing fantasy was in the early drafts of Bridge to Terabithia. In order to show the reader that Terabithia was for Jess and Leslie a magical kingdom, I switched to a

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