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The World Seem Quieter Then...

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Nancy spoiled me and sent me a booklet of In Review, no longer in print, the one titled Art: Truth and Beauty.

Right after the foreword there are three excerpts from Maurice Sendak, Catherine Doherty, and, no surprise, Charlotte Mason.

I will talk about the very first one by Sendak. I quote:
Maurice Sendak was asked this question: "Do you think that children's book publishing is significantly different today than it was when you began in the early fifties?" He answered by saying: "Well, yes, of course, it's very different. For one thing the world seemed quieter then, and there was more opportunity to do experimental kinds of books. If you're an artist, you must have time to grow slowly and not feel pushed. It was that way in the early fifties. One could develop gradually. Now, of course, publishing is much more competitive, and we do many more books, but not many more good books. Something is lost. There is a rush, we are flooded with books, books come pouring out of the publishing meat grinder. And the quality has dropped severely. We may be able to print a book better, but are the books being published worth printing? We have a backlist of books, superb books, by Margaret Wise Brown, by Ruth Krauss, by lots of people. I'd much rather we just took a year off, maybe two-just stop publishing. and get those old books back, let the children have them! Books don't go out of fashion with children. They just go out of fashion with adults and publishers.



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