An Interview with George M. Nicholson

George M. Nicholson introduced and popularized high-quality paperback publishing for young people in the United States. He ran a number of major houses before foundling a new career as an agent, remaining throughout an innovative, knowledgeable, and influential figure in the children’s book industry. LEONARD S. MARCUS: How did you come to work in children’s […]

Marc Simont’s Sketchbooks, The Art Academy Years: 1935–1938

Marc Simont

In 1935, as a twenty-year-old enrolled in New York’s National Academy of Design, the Caldecott-winning illustrator Marc Simont began the practice of carrying a sketchbook around with him for the purpose of making rapid-fire, impromptu drawings of people. Simont had recently moved to New York from Paris, the city of his birth, for the second […]

A Second Look: Where the Wild Things Are

A second look at Where the Wild Things Are? Forty years after Maurice Sendak’s early mid-career masterpiece first appeared on the fall 1963 Harper list, the suggestion still feels premature. Turning to the book now, the most striking thing about it remains its undatable, fresh-as-paint immediacy. However familiar the Sendak images have long since become, […]