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From the "Letters to the Editor" column of the Horn Book Magazine.

Responses to January 1996 editorial

The letters below were all in response to the January/February 1996 editorial by Martha V. Parravano and Lauren Adams, “A Wider Vision for the Newbery.” I just read the editorial in the January/February issue of the Horn Book. Right on! I did not realize that a Newbery Medal had not been awarded to a non-white […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Anita Silvey (June 7, 1986)

7 June 1986 Dear Anita, Here’s my Second Look at THE NARGUN AND THE STARS. It’s 1150 words by my count; hope it will do. Just one plea: if anything is changed, even a comma, I’d like to approve it first. And if you share your predecessors’ determination never to publish a colon without capitalizing […]

Susan Cooper Letter to Ethel L. Heins (May 10, 1976)

 Winchester, Mass 01890 10th May 1976 Dear Ethel, I was in Margaret’s office when your letter and photocopy of the Newbery speech arrived, so carried them off. If you were afraid you might be sounding persnickety just wait till you read me! I am starting on the assumption that since this is a reprint of […]

Roald Dahl Letter to Paul Heins (October 6, 1972)

GYPSY HOUSE GREAT MISSENDEN BUCKINGHAMSHIRE 6th October, 1972 Paul Heins Esq., The Horn Book, 585 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass.02116 U.S.A. Dear Mr. Heins, Kaye Webb has told me that Eleanor Cameron dislikes “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” intensely. She added that you weren’t crazy about it either. Both of you are entitled to think what […]

William Steig letter to Paul Heins (June, 1970)

June 12, ’70 Dear Mr. Heins – I hope you’ll understand if I tell you that I tend to be a bit “uptight”, even neurotic perhaps, about being edited. It’s not vanity — I don’t think I’m a great writer, or even a good one (in fact, I’m not a writer) — but I like […]

William Steig Letters to Paul Heins (May 1970)

May 10, ’70 Dear Mr. Heins, Bob Kraus just read your letter to me (the one about my Caldecott acceptance speech) over the phone. I’m afraid now that in addition to having to make a speech, which for me will be like walking on red hot embers & broken glass, I will have the additional […]

Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

  1 June, 1965 Dear Ruth: I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that’s what I’ve been doing. Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted, for […]

Lloyd Alexander Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (June 1, 1965)

  1 June, 1965 Dear Ruth: I hope it’s permissible for an author to spend an inordinate number of hours in gleeful pride (or prideful glee?) over a  review in THE HORN BOOK. In any case, that’s what I’ve been doing. Well, needless to say I’m delighted you liked THE BLACK CAULDRON. Seriously delighted, for […]

Isaac Asimov Letter to Ruth Hill Viguers (November 29, 1964)

28 November 1964 Mrs. Ruth Hill Viguers The Horn Book, Inc. 585 Boylston Street Boston, Mass., 02116 Dear Mrs. Viguers, It is very good of you to increase my payment again. As you know, I have never asked for an increase or even hinted that an increase might be in order for I know that […]

Marcia Brown letter to Bertha Mahony Miller (undated)

To Bertha E. Miller, for some time “Early one morning in the spring”, with very much appreciation. Marcia Brown Dear Mrs. Miller I want to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and how much it meant to me to hear your speech recalling Elizabeth Miller, Mukeiji, and the others, whom I had known […]