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This US group was formed in Los Angeles, California, in 1978 by Steve Allen (guitar, vocals) and Ron Flynt (bass, vocals), two expatriate musicians from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Drummer Mike Gallo ...

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in Wonderland  

*Alice in Wonderland, a classic Victorian fantasy, has proved more difficult than most to bring to the screen. The rambling, dream-like structure coupled with the book's literary stature and the ...
Giovanni Fiorentino

Giovanni Fiorentino  

(second half of 14th century), Italian novella writer.Many of the 20 novellas in his Pecorone (The Big Sheep) combine realistic and folkloric elements. In particular, in 4.1, ‘La Donna ...
Aurora Mateos

Aurora Mateos  

(n.d.), Spanish 20th-century writer.For years she was the editor of Bazar, a magazine for adolescent girls that began to be published after the Spanish Civil War (1936–9) and became ...
George Kolamnchine

George Kolamnchine  

1904–83),the most important Russian-American choreographer of classical ballet in the 20th century. Born in St Petersburg, Russia, Balanchine studied at the Imperial School of Ballet, and in 1925 he ...
Gustaf Tenggren

Gustaf Tenggren  

(1896–1970), artist born in Vastergotland, Sweden, and regarded as one of the 20th century's finest illustrators. During his long, remarkable career Tenggren illustrated nearly fifty books with ...
Gianni Rodari

Gianni Rodari  

(1920–1980), Italian author. Rodari was the foremost writer for children in 20th-century Italy; his idealism, critical independence, experiments, and innovations changed the direction of Italian ...
television and fairy tales

television and fairy tales  

Television has significantly influenced the production and reception of the fairy tale during the latter half of the 20th century. Like other technologies—from the printing press and graphic ...
North American and Canadian fairy tales

North American and Canadian fairy tales  

1900 to present.Even though it is often dismissed as infantile and non-serious literature, the fairy tale pervades 20th-century American culture in a variety of forms and media, operates in ...
LINES, Kathleen

LINES, Kathleen   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...LINES, Kathleen ( Mary ) 20th-cent. British critic of children’s books who edited Four to Fourteen , and compiled Lavender’s Blue : A Book of Nursery Rhymes ( 1954 )....

WILLIAMSON, Henry

WILLIAMSON, Henry (1895–1977)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...WILLIAMSON, Henry ( 1895–1977 ) British novelist , best known for Tarka the Otter ( 1927 ), possibly the most accomplished 20th-cent. animal story , not written for children, but often read by them. Williamson wrote many other books in the same...

Harding’s Luck

Harding’s Luck (1909)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...17th cent., where he discovers that he is the son of Sir Richard Arden, and that his cousins are Elfrida and Edred from the earlier book, time-travellers from the 20th cent. like himself. Dickie completes Elfrida and Edred’s mission by finding the Arden treasure, but it then appears that in the 20th cent. he, and not their father, is the rightful Lord Arden. Dickie decides to renounce his 20th-cent. life and go back permanently into the past, where, as the 17th-cent. Richard Arden, he has a fine life; by doing this, he leaves Elfrida and Edred’s father in...

SCBWI

SCBWI   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...SCBWI ( The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators ) An international professional society with over eighty regional chapters in the US and around the world. Founded in California in 1971 , the Society has a membership of over 20,000, and its portfolio of activities has grown similarly—it now hosts conferences, presents awards, publishes a journal,...

MARSHALL, H. E.

MARSHALL, H. E. (1876–1941)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...MARSHALL, H. E. ( Henrietta Elizabeth ) ( 1876–1941 ) One of the most popular British writers of history books for children during the early 20th cent. She was best known for Our Island Story ( c. 1910 ); her other works include Scotland’s Story ( 1906 ), Our Empire Story ( 1908 ), The Child’s English Literature ( 1909 ), and Kings and Things: first stories from English History ( 1937...

Faerie Queene, The

Faerie Queene, The   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...Faerie Queene, The (published in 1589 and 1596 ) By the English poet Edmund Spenser (?1552–99) and ‘retold’ for children, in prose, by a number of authors in the late 19th and early 20th cents. Versions include Stories from the Faerie Queene ( 1897 ) by Mary Macleod and The Faery Queen and her Knights ( 1910 ) by A. J. Church...

HAYES, John F.

HAYES, John F. (1904–80)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...HAYES, John F. ( Francis ) ( 1904–80 ) Canadian author of historical novels for children, all set in pre-20th-cent. Canada and notable for their well-researched backgrounds and fast-moving plots. They include Buckskin Colonist ( 1947 ), A Land Divided ( 1951 ), and The Nation Builders ( 1968...

Melwood, Mary,

Melwood, Mary,   Reference library

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature

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2006
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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...Mary, British author and playwright influenced by the early-20th-century movement to adapt adult theatrical styles to children's theater. She is best known for her four unconventional children's plays The Tingulary Bird ( 1964 ), Five Minutes to Morning ( 1965 ), Masquerade ( 1974 ), and The Small Blue Hoping Stone ( 1976 ). The last is a Christmas drama about a struggling young couple who find meaning in a pebble on the beach. Melwood has also written two children's novels, Nettlewood ( 1975 ) and The Watcher Bee ( 1982 ), which are...

DEAN family

DEAN family   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...before 1800 ; the firm later became Dean and Munday, and as such it published a number of attractive illustrated books, such as A gaping, wide-mouthed, waddling frog ( c. 1822 ). Dean’s became specialists in toy books and movable picture books . For many decades of the 20th cent. (and into the 21st) it published Enid Blyton...

MORDVINOFF, Nicolas

MORDVINOFF, Nicolas (1911–73)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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Literature, Children's literature studies
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74 words

...pseudonym ‘Nicolas’, who fled the Russian Revolution with his parents when he was a small boy. He eventually settled in the USA, where in 1950 he began his collaboration on picture books with the author William Lipkind ( 1904–74 ). As ‘Will and Nicolas’ they produced nearly 20 titles, including Finders Keepers ( 1951 ), a modern fable , which won the Caldecott Medal...

Our Island Story

Our Island Story (c.1910)   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
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...to two Australian children. The book includes ‘stories which wise people say are only fairy-tales and not history’, e.g. legends of King Arthur. It ends with the Boer War and the death of Queen Victoria. It was one of the most popular history books during the first half of the 20th...

sea stories

sea stories   Reference library

The Oxford Companion to Children's Literature (2 ed.)

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2015
Subject:
Literature, Children's literature studies
Length:
105 words

...British 19th-cent. adventure story writer to make a speciality of sea tales. His contemporaries E. G. G. Howard and Michael Scott produced sea stories which were read by young people, and R. H. Dana’s Two Years Before the Mast ( 1840 ) was very popular in America. Among 20th-cent. boys’ writers about the sea are Norman Duncan and Richard Armstrong...

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