Born to Write

The Remarkable Lives of Six Famous Authors
Cotter, Charis (Book - 2008)
Born to Write
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What were famous authors like as kids? Our childhood experiences shape us into the adults we become. Born to Write tells the stories of how six extraordinary children transformed early struggles into spellbinding bedtime reading for kids around the world. To ease the pain of being ostracized by her classmates, Madeleine L'Engle escaped to an invented world every night in her bedroom. Lucy Maud Montgomery lost her mother as a baby, and her father appeared only sporadically throughout her life. And Philip Pullman, a seasoned traveler by age 10, used his long journeys by ship as inspiration for his remarkable novels. In Born to Write, Charis Cotter chronicles the early lives of these and other much-loved children's writers, including Christopher Paul Curtis, C.S. Lewis and E.B.White, revealing how each author's achievements, losses, triumphs and tragedies helped shape our most beloved books. Interspersed throughout are sidebars highlighting other well-known children's authors, such as Hans Christian Andersen and Louisa May Alcott, whose works served as inspiration.
Authors: Cotter, Charis
Title: Born to write
the remarkable lives of six famous authors
Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Annick Press, c2008
Characteristics: 167 p. : ill., ports. ; 23 cm
Notes: Includes brief biographical sketches of Hans Christian Anderson (p. 26-27), E. Nesbit (p. 46-47), Louisa May Alcott (p.100-101) and a brief history of the Newbery Award (p. 84)
Contents: Echoes of childhood
The thin veil: Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874-1942)
Sea and Islands: Clive Staples Lewis (1898-1963)
The glory of everything: Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985)
The outcast: Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007)
Spinning stories: Philip Pullman (1946- )
The boy in the library: Christopher Paul Curtis (1953- )
ISBN: 1554511917
Branch Call Number: 920 Co
Statement of Responsibility: Charis Cotter
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 160-161) and index
Subject Headings: Newbery Medal History Authors Biography Alcott, Louisa May, 1832-1888 Nesbit, E. (Edith), 1858-1924 Andersen, H. C. (Hans Christian), 1805-1875 Curtis, Christopher Paul Pullman, Philip, 1946- L'Engle, Madeleine White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks), 1899-1985 Lewis, C. S. (Clive Staples), 1898-1963 Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud), 1874-1942
Topical Term: Newbery Medal
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