| Jun 8, 2008
Minders of Make-Believe
Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature
Leonard S. Marcus
Houghton Mifflin: 402 pp., $28
It seems a long way from the 1689 (or so) publication of the first American children's book, which...
| Jul 26, 2008
An adult narrator recalls a long-ago visit to his grandfather's seaside arcade -- for him, not a Proustian amble down memory lane but a frantic dash through a no man's land where monsters lurk.
Rogue Artists Ensemble's "The Tragical Comedy or Comical...
| Feb 3, 2008
By Richard Rayner
"A good writer can make you believe time stands still. Yet the end of all stories, even if the writer forbears to mention it, is death," wrote the English writer Angela Carter, who died 16 years ago this month. At the time Carter was...
| Dec 13, 2009
The Complete Fairy Tales
Translated from the French
by Christopher Betts
Oxford University Press: 256 pp., $29.95
There's no reliable way to score the game, but it's at least arguable that the European fairy tale has been the...
| Jun 22, 2009
The Little Mermaid statue at Tower Riverside Park in downtown Greenville is the target of copyright lawyers who say the sculpture is an unlawful duplicate.
The three-foot statue has been at the park since 1994 and is a tribute to Danish writer Hans...
| Aug 23, 2009
The Real Wizard of Oz
The Life and Times of L. Frank Baum
Gotham Books: 416 pp., $28
In contrast to the rambling text that follows, the title of this biography couldn't be more cogent. L. Frank Baum, inventor of the magical Land of...
| Aug 23, 2009
A hungry Fox spotted some grapes dangling plump and ripe from a vine overhead. Though he stood on his hind legs and stretched forth his long muzzle, he still could not reach them. As he slunk away he was heard to remark: 'Those grapes are probably sour...
| Sep 5, 2009
One had to relive eighth grade. Another grew a beard so long and unruly it became more famous than its wearer. Yet another got to meet Richard Simmons on a cruise ship and was ranted at by a whole raft of motivational speakers.
They're not professional...