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Read for Your Life #19

Read for Your Life #19

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Read for Your Life #19

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24 дек. 2011 г.
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9780547507552
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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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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 #19 - Katherine Paterson

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Words

VELMA VARNER LECTURE

December 8, 1979

WHEN I told a friend of mine that I was going to tackle the subject of words, she asked me quite naturally what I was going to say about them. Well, I said, I think I have something valid to say—I just haven't figured out what it is yet. Which, of course, is one of the problems with words—there they all are, humanity's greatest natural resource, but most of us have trouble figuring out how to put them together in a valuable way.

So we blame it on the words. Words are cheap, we say. One picture is worth a thousand words. Silence is golden.

But words aren't cheap. They are very precious. They are like water, which gives life and growth and refreshment, but because it has always been abundant, we treat it cheaply. We waste it and pollute it and doctor it. Then, when we take a drink from a city faucet, we wrinkle our nose and say: This is terrible water. And we blame the water because we have misused it.

Words! Words! Words! [cries Eliza Doolittle]

I'm so sick of words!

I get words all day through;

First from him, now from you!

Is that all you blighters can do?

Now, there is probably not one of us who has not had the impulse in the middle of an interminable committee meeting to leap to his feet like Julie Andrews and sing out this protest, but as one of the blighters with a vested interest in the commodity, I feel the need from time to time to justify myself, especially to myself. I read the newspaper. I watch the eleven o'clock news. I know as well as anyone else that the International Year of

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