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The Best Book I Ever Read

By Ann Durell This speech should probably be called the Patchwork Principle. I have been fretting about it for what seems a year, undergoing a whole range of anxiety from vaguely uneasy to acutely apprehensive, because I wasn’t assigned a topic. Without a topic, I gnaw and discard ideas, rather like my Siamese cat with […]

Review of Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening

Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost; illustrated by Susan Jeffers 32 pp. Dutton 1978 ISBN 0-525-40115-6 $7.95 A beautiful picture book, handsomely designed, which is obviously an inspired creation. The illustrator, working with artistry and skill and reflecting both the wintry atmosphere and the natural serenity of the poem, has made […]

Hans Christian Andersen Medal Acceptance

by Paula Fox One morning, years ago when I was young, I was walking along the sea at a place called South Beach on an island off the coast of Massachusetts. At the edge of the waves, drying in the sunlight, was a small sealed bottle. Inside it I could see a written card, but […]