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A Letter to Lillian N. Gerhardt

Ethel Heins’s response to Lillian N. Gerhardt’s “A Letter to Ethel Heins.” From School Library Journal, Nov. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission.   By Ethel L. Heins I have read your lengthy editorial letter to me (SLJ, September) and find it difficult to believe that my […]

A Letter to Ethel Heins

A response to Ethel Heins’s editorial, “Damming the Mainstream.” From School Library Journal, Sept. 1975. © 1975 R. R. Bowker Company / A Xerox Corporation. Used with permission. By Lillian N. Gerhardt Dear Ethel: The August, 1975 issue of The Horn Book Magazine just arrived. I read your editorial right away because I think it’s […]

Damming the Mainstream

Reponse to “An Argument Worth Opening” by Lillian N. Gerhardt, editor of School Library Journal Editorial by Ethel Heins When I was invited to be a speaker at a spring conference on “Children’s Literature in the Literary Mainstream” sponsored by the Western Michigan University School of Librarianship, I thought — as I often have — […]

An Argument Worth Opening

From School Library Journal, May 1974. © 1974 R. R. Bowker Company/A Xerox Corporation. Reprinted with permission. By Lillian N. Gerhardt Innumerable commentators on children’s books plug the idea that children’s books are part of “…the mainstream of American literature.” The authors, illustrators, publishers, reviewers, and librarians who have employed or applauded that self-congratulatory tag […]

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 […]