Ursula Nordstrom

Ursula Nordstrom

in New York City, The United States
January 01, 1910

January 01, 1988


Ursula Nordstrom is primarily known as one of the twentieth century's great editors --- as many have remarked, "The Maxwell Perkins of children's literature." Yet besides being an editor, she was also the author of two remarkable novels, one published, The Secret Language (1972), and the second --- now lost forever --- unpublished.

She was publisher and editor in chief of juvenile books at Harper & Row from 1940 to 1973. A collection of her correspondence was published in 1998 as Dear Genius: the Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

Nordstrom is credited with presiding over a transformation in children's literature in which morality tales written for adult approval gave way to works that instead appealed to children's imaginations and emotions.


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The Secret Language

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“I am a former child, and I haven't forgotten a thing.”
Ursula Nordstrom, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

“The creative artist is the one wanting to make order out of chaos. The rest of us just accept disorder -if we even recognize it- and get a bang out of our five beautiful senses, if we’re lucky.”
Ursula Nordstrom, Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

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