Story Time

Essays on the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children's Literature

Edited by Timothy Young

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The history of children’s literature is a growing area of study; this group of essays brings together innovative, scholarly voices to explore the fascinating tales behind many beloved books. The publication mines the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection of American Children’s Literature, one of the world’s richest sources for original books, manuscripts, and artwork. The essays, commissioned for this volume, examine little-known backstories of three hundred years of classic children’s literature, from Louisa May Alcott to Langston Hughes to Mo Willems.

Timothy Young is curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University.

“Sumptuous . . . [Story Time] demonstrat[es] the richness that can emerge when books are considered together: the value not just of story, but of collection.”—Courtney Weikle-Mills, Journal of the History of Childhood and Youth

"This collection is an invitation to archival research itself—and thus to an inhabitation of a 'story time' from which emerge new insights about what was, is, and might yet be imagined and thought."—Anastasia Ulanowicz, International Research Society for Children's Literature
ISBN: 9780300218459
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Co-publisher: Distributed for the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library
280 pages, 7 x 8 1/2
35 color + 40 b/w illus.
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Original Children's Book Art in the Betsy Beinecke Shirley Collection

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