Leonard S. Marcus





Leonard S. Marcus


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Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and their illustrations. His many books include The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy; Funny Business: Conversations with Writers of Comedy; Dear Genius; and others. His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in the New York Times Book Review, among other publications. Leonard S. Marcus lives in Brooklyn.

Average rating: 4.07 · 6,080 ratings · 1,016 reviews · 48 distinct works · Similar authors
Show Me a Story!: Why Pictu...

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3.92 avg rating — 337 ratings — published 2012 — 3 editions
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The Wand in the Word: Conve...

3.95 avg rating — 283 ratings — published 2006 — 4 editions
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Minders of Make-Believe: Id...

3.81 avg rating — 228 ratings — published 2008
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Listening for Madeleine: A ...

3.62 avg rating — 198 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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Margaret Wise Brown: Awaken...

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Golden Legacy: How Golden B...

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Randolph Caldecott: The Man...

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Comics Confidential: Thirte...

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Funny Business: Conversatio...

3.66 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 2009
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A Caldecott Celebration: Se...

3.78 avg rating — 73 ratings — published 1999 — 3 editions
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“Fantasy is storytelling with the beguiling power to transform the impossible into the imaginable, and to reveal our own “real” world in a fresh and truth-bearing light.”
Leonard S. Marcus, The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy

“Some mediocre ladies in influential positions are usually embarrassed by an unusual book and so prefer the old familiar stuff which doesn't embarrass them and also doesn't give the child one slight inkling of beauty and reality. This is most discouraging to a creative writer, like you, and also to a hardworking and devoted editor like me. I love most of my editor colleagues but I must confess that I get a little depressed and sad when some of their neat little items about a little girl in old Newburyport during the War of 1812 gets [sic] adopted by a Reading Circle.”
Leonard S. Marcus

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