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Read for Your Life #14

Read for Your Life #14

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Read for Your Life #14

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21 страница
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15 июн. 2011 г.
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9780547507606
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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 июн. 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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Footnotes

A Song of Innocence and Experience

IN a brochure for a summer institute at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College, at which one of my books was to be studied, there was a question quoting from F. R. Leavis that the participants were to ask of the books they read. How significant are the works not only in terms of form and structure but ‘in terms of the human awareness they promote; awareness of the possibilities of life’?

Now, I come from the theological tradition, in which it is heresy to take a verse out of context, so I dutifully went to the Old Dominion University library and looked up The Great Tradition by Leavis, in order to examine the setting for this test of value that he is advancing. I found to my distress that Leavis is using it as a means of separating the artistic sheep from the entertaining goats, the (in his words) few really great—the major novelists from such minor literary lights as Anthony Trollope, Henry Fielding, and Charles Dickens. These, according to Leavis, are entertainers, not artists.

The first defense of my work that occurred to me is the defense of modesty. I could say that art is Tolstoy and Austen and Conrad, and that I have never presumed to those heights. That if Charles Dickens is an entertainer, so am I. That way I couldn’t flunk the exam. I never enrolled in the course. The grade meant nothing. It is a line

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