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Dear Genius by Ursula Nordstrom
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Nov 14, 2010

really liked it

This was a fascinating collection of letters from the famous children's book editor Ursula Nordstrom to many of "her" authors, including Maurice Sendak, Louise Fitzhugh, Robert Rey, etc. Amazing to see her commitment to their talent and to read her encouraging words, as well as her more specific notes about specific manuscripts. I don't know if this was ever common or if it is simply unique to Nordstrom, herself -- an editor so involved and supportive of the nurturing of the talent of writers -- but it is inspirational. Those authors were lucky to have her rooting for them, and she could certainly pick winners. She took risks in publishing at a time when children's publishing was in its infancy; because of her we have WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and HARRIET OF THE SPY, amongst so many other gems!

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