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High Fantasy: A Wizard of Earthsea

by Eleanor Cameron A Wizard of Earthsea (Parnassus) by Ursula K. LeGuin received the 1969 Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, given at the New England Round Table of Children’s Librarians, October, 1969.  It is never important to pigeonhole works of fiction nor insist that a certain book should belong, in a child’s estimation, in this category […]

Letters to the Editor, 1973 | Responses to Cameron vs. Dahl

In an article that began in October 1972 and continued in our next two issues, Eleanor Cameron criticized the theories of Marshall McLuhan, whose writings on media were much debated at the time, and decried what she saw as their expression in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Mr. McLuhan never responded, but […]

At Critical Cross-Purposes

Editorial by Paul Heins As was to be expected, the controversy between Roald Dahl and Eleanor Cameron regarding Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, along with the editorial in the February issue of The Horn Book Magazine, has stirred up a buzz of controversy. At present, it appears that the intensely felt responses from Horn Book readers — both pro and […]

A Reply to Roald Dahl

By Eleanor Cameron Mr. Dahl states in his reply to my article “McLuhan, Youth, and Literature”: Part I (Horn Book, October 1972) that I have made a personal attack upon him. I had no intention of attacking Mr. Dahl personally. Concerning Eudora Welty, it is true that I believe in what she has to say about the three kinds […]

“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”: A Reply

By Roald Dahl Mrs. Eleanor Cameron (I had not heard of her until now) has made some extraordinarily vicious comments upon my book Charlie and The Chocolate Factory (Knopf) in the October issue of this magazine. That does not worry me at all. She is free to criticize the book itself for all she is […]

In Protest

Editorial by Paul Heins One of the strangest and most unexpected communications ever received by the editor of The Horn Book Magazine consists of pages 433 to 440 of the October 1972 issue ripped out from the body of the magazine, stapled together, and headed by the words “In protest.” It must be assumed that […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part III

By Eleanor Cameron Perhaps some will not agree with me that the number of real children’s books — like the Borrower and the Green Knowe books, the Little House and the Moffat books, Charlotte’s Web(Harper), Island of the Blue Dolphins (Houghton), The Return of the Twelves (Coward), The Gammage Cup (Harcourt), the books of Philippa Pearce — those that sit securely as […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part II

By Eleanor Cameron I believe it is a pity that considerable sums, taken out of tight library budgets, should be expended on sometimes as many as ten copies of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Knopf) and that hard-won classroom time should be given over to the reading aloud of a book without quality or lasting content. And […]

McLuhan, Youth, and Literature: Part I

By Eleanor Cameron In an age of television watching, I am probably, like most of you, a reading animal. It might even be that this hunger for reading, which seems to increase with age, is being sharpened by my aversion to those attitudes and practices which have called forth the ideas of Marshall McLuhan. I […]

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 […]