- Contributors' Notes
Brian Alderson has been involved with children's literature for much of his working life, first as a bookseller, later as lecturer, editor, and translator. For more than twenty years he has been Children's Book Editor for the London Times and received the Eleanor Farjeon Award "for services to children's books." He is the author of a study of English illustration, Sing a Song for Sixpence, and was responsible for the revised edition of F. J. Harvey Darton's Children's Books in England: Five Centuries of Social Life.
Ann Richman Beresin is with the Graduate School of Education and the Department of Folklore and Folklife of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. A former youth program director, she is a student of child cultures and play.
Andreas Bode is Director of the International Youth Library, Munich. Soviet children's literature has for many years been among his principal research interests.
Joseph Boskin is Professor of History and Director of the Urban Studies and Public Policy Program, Boston University. He writes in the area of American social history. His most recent book is SAMBO: The Rise & Demise of an American Jester (Oxford, 1986). He is currently writing a book on the relationship between social change and patterns of humor in 20th century America.
Hamida Bosmajian is professor of English and Pigott-McCone Chair of Humanities at Seattle University. She is the author of Metaphors of Evil: Contemporary German Literature and the Shadow of Nazism (U of Iowa P, 1979). Her essay "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Other Excremental Visions," which appeared in The Lion and the Unicorn, [End Page 178] Volume 9, 1985, received the Children's Literature Association Best Critical Essay Award in 1987. Professor Bosmajian is currently at work on a book about young readers' literature on Nazism, the holocaust, and nuclear war.
Michael Cart is Director of the Beverly Hills (Ca.) Public Library and host of "In Print," a nationally syndicated cable television program about books and authors. He is currently writing a critical biography of Walter R. Brooks and is serving as president of the Friends of Freddy, the international Freddy the Pig fan club.
O. Fred Donaldson, is a play therapist, educational consultant, and aikidoist currently working in Southern California. He has published numerous articles in holistic arts and education journals, and has conducted play seminars around the country. Recently he was invited by the South African government to conduct a series of play workshops at various educational and community centers.
Lee Bennett Hopkins has edited more than thirty poetry anthologies for children, including Rainbows Are Made: Poems by Carl Sandburg, Voyages: Poems by Walt Whitman and A Song in the Stone: City Poems. He is also the author of three novels and numerous professional articles and books.
Ezra Jack Keats (1916-1983) was the author and illustrator of 23 picture books and the illustrator of more than 30 children's books by other writers. His stories have been translated into 17 languages, including Swedish, Danish, Chinese, Japanese and Turkish. At the time of his death, he left a series of autobiographical vignettes, which Florence B. Freedman and Ruth Dropkin have edited for publication under the general title COLLAGE: The Memoirs of Ezra Jack Keats. The passages from the manuscript which appear in this issue of The Lion and the Unicorn are the first to be published.
X. J. Kennedy is a poet and is coauthor, with Dorothy M. Kennedy, of a guidebook and anthology, Knock at a Star: A Child's Introduction to [End Page 179] Poetry. Among his other books for young readers are Did Adam Name the Vinegarroon?, Brats, and Ghastlies, Goops & Pincushions.
Ulla Lundqvist teaches literature, especially children's literature and methods of teaching literature, at the University of Linkoping. She also lectures widely around Sweden on these subjects and reviews children's books for Sweden's leading morning paper, Dagens Nyheter (Stockholm). She has published five novels for young people, with a sixth due to appear in 1990. Among her other publications are: Litteraturundervisning (Teaching Literature); Bland grottbjörnar törnfåglar och monster. En analys av ungdomars läsning (Among Cave Bears, Thornbirds and Monsters...