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Are some of the world's most talented writers of children's books essentially children themselves? In this engaging series of essays, Pulitzer prize-winning author Alison Lurie considers this theory, exploring children's classics from many eras and relating them to the authors who wrote them, including Louisa May Alcott, creator of Little Women, and Salman Rushdie and his Haroun and the Sea of Stories, Dr Seuss and J. K. Rowling. In analysing these and many other authors, Alison Lurie shows how these gifted writers have used children's literature to transfigure sorrow, nostalgia and the struggles of their own experience.

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[My Life as a Man is] a scalding, unique addition to the lasting literature about men and women.

Newsday

A very grand work...in invention, in perception...in coming to grips with the wild inconsistencies of life and art.

New Yorker

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    9781446400746

    June 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    336 pages

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    9780099515319

    October 6, 2005

    Vintage

    336 pages

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