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Story Time

Essays on the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature

Timothy Young (Epilogue by), Brian Alderson (Contributions by), Jill Campbell (Contributions by), Beverly Lyon Clark (Contributions by), JoAnn Conrad (Contributions by), Elizabeth Frengel (Contributions by), Patrick Kiley (Contributions by), Heather Klemann (Contributions by), Gregory Maguire (Contributions by), Leonard Marcus (Contributions by), Sandra Markham (Contributions by), Michelle Martin (Contributions by), Katie Trumpener (Contributions by), Laura E. Wasowicz (Contributions by), Pádraic Whyte (Contributions by), Timothy Young (Contributions by)


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The history of children’s literature is a growing area of study; this group of essays brings together innovative, scholarly voices to explore the fascinating tales behind many beloved books. The publication mines the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature, one of the world’s richest sources for original books, manuscripts, and artwork. The essays, commissioned for this volume, examine little-known backstories of three hundred years of classic children’s literature, from Louisa May Alcott to Langston Hughes to Mo Willems.

Beinecke Rare Book Library, 9780300218459, 280pp.

Publication Date: January 10, 2017

About the Author

Timothy Young is curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.