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Paula Fox (1923–2017)

We were saddened to hear about the death of Paula Fox. The author, a novelist of uncommon insight into the human condition, died March 1, 2017, in Brooklyn, New York. She was ninety-three. In addition to her adult novels, she wrote more than twenty books for young people, including One-Eyed Cat, a 1985 Newbery Honor […]

Future Classics: The Wind in the Willows

by Paula Fox “The Mole had been working very hard all the morning, spring cleaning his little home.” So begins The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, published in 1908. The main characters are Mole, Rat, and Toad, and they embody human qualities as well as animal ones. Especially Toad of Toad Hall. Mole […]

The Village by the Sea: Author Paula Fox’s 1989 BGHB Fiction Award Acceptance

by Paula Fox The Italian novelist, Cesare Pavese, wrote in his journal a few lines that speak eloquently about the struggle of writing and of the solace and significance of those moments and events which take account  of that struggle. Pavese writes: To have written something that leaves you emptied of your vital powers …to […]

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 […]

Profile of Newbery Medalist Paula Fox

by Augusta Baker The Slave Dancer is Paula Fox’s first historical novel, though she has written fourteen books, eleven for children and three for adults. The novel is set in 1840 but its vividness reaches beyond the past — beyond the horror, the cruelty, and the ugliness of the slave trade — to touch us […]

The Slave Dancer: Author Paula Fox’s 1974 Newbery Medal Acceptance

by Paula Fox Nearly all the work of writing is silent. A writer does it alone. And the original intention — that first sudden stirring of one’s imagination — is made up of many small, almost always humble, things. Because a major ef­fort of writing is reflection, which is silent and solitary, I place thought […]