Chinua Achebe Sharma, Govind Narain. "The Christian Dynamic in the Fictional World of Chinua Achebe." ARIEL 24.2 (April 1993): 85-99. G.A.
For Watership Down see CRITICS: Watkins
Powers, Alan. "Art on a Grand Scale." The Guardian 7 Sept. 1995: 15. Mary Adshead (1904-1995) illustrated the classic picture books written by Stephen Bone. S.G.R.
Styles, Morag. "Authorgraph No. 82: John Agard." Books for Keeps 82 (Sept. 1993): 20-21. Agard came from Guyana to Britain in 1977; his work, written against a background of Caribbean culture, has gone from strength to strength. S.G.R.
Janet and Allan Ahlberg
Carter, Margaret. "The Power of Words." Carousel 1 (Winter 1995): 5. An interview with Allan Ahlberg that focuses on the Jolly Postman books. S.G.R.
Crouch, Marcus. "Joy Is Thy Name: Janet Ahlberg 1944-1994." Junior Bookshelf 59.1 (Feb. 1995): 3-5. Tribute to Janet Ahlberg; her partnership with Allan seems likely to become legendary. They were well to the fore in the modern revival of the "toy" book. S.G.R.
Eccleshare, Julia. "The Postman Always Rings Twice... Or Is It Thrice?" Books for Keeps 95 (Nov. 1995): 32. In an interview Ahlberg explains the concept behind the third Postman book, The Jolly Pocket Postman, the last book that Janet Ahlberg illustrated. S.G.R.
Lewis, David. "The Jolly Postman's Long Ride, or, Sketching a Picture-Book History." Signal 78 (Sept. 1995): 178-92. Caldecott's influence on Jolly Postman; history of picture books. S.G.R.
Steinberger, Kevin. "The Ahlberg Magic: A Retrospective Look at the Work of Janet and Allan Ahlberg." Magpies 10.2 (May 1995): 4-7. Tribute to Janet Ahlberg. J.D.A.
Beeching, Angela. "The Making of Mortimer and Arabel." Books for Keeps 82 (Sept. 1993): 34-36. Decisions that turned the Joan Aiken/Quentin Blake work for a 1970s BBC television storytelling program into a puppet production in the 1980s. S.G.R.
Stephenson, Enid. "Media Round-Up." Carousel 1 (Winter 1995): 28. Describes the filming of Aiken's Black Hearts in Battersea as a BBC TV serial, broadcast early in 1996. S.G.R.
Louisa May Alcott
Alcott, Louisa May. A Long fatal Love Chase. Ed. Kent Bicknell. New York: Random House, 1995. 242 pp. $21. Pub. in UK as The Chase or a Long Fatal Love Chase. London: Century, 1995. ISBN 0-7126-7611-2. £12.99. Review Stephen King, "Blood and Thunder in Concord," NYTBR 10 Sept. 1995: 17+. Thriller lay unpublished for 130 years (a toned-down version appeared as "A Modern Mephistopheles"). Provides "a fascinating look into a divided mind that was both attracted to themes of violence and sexuality and ashamed by its own interest." G.A.
Clark, Beverly Lyon. "Domesticating the School Story, Regendering a Genre: Alcott's Little Men." New Literary History 26.2 (June 1995): 323-42. Argues that in Little Men (1871), Alcott regendered, even regenerated, the school story genre for boys. G.A.
Keyser, Elizabeth Lennox. Whispers in the Dark: The Fiction of Louisa May Alcott. Knoxville: U of Tennessee P, 1993. Essay review Christine Doyle Francis, "(En)Lightening Louisa," The Lion and the Unicorn 19.1 (June 1995): 118-22. By placing Alcott in context as part of a literary conversation with other writers, particularly Hawthorne, Keyser enriches our understanding of her breadth. Winner of the ChLA's 1993 Book Award. Highly recommended. G.A.
Myerson, Joel, and Daniel Shealy, eds. The Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott. Athens: U of Georgia P, 1995. Distrib. UK Eurospan. ISBN 0-8203-1740-3. $19.95 sc. Review Jonathan Keates, "Heaven Bless Hashish," TLS 10 Nov. 1995: 40. Keates praises the letters, in spite of some gaps, as "revealing an integrity wholly unclouded by humbug or self-importance"; they both charm us and exhibit a "shrewd, sardonic vitality." The review does not make clear the relationship of this work to the 1987 Selected Letters of Louisa May Alcott, ed. Myerson and Shealy with Madeleine Stern (Boston: Little Brown). G.A.
Smith, Dinitia. "Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson of Alcottists." NYT 29 Aug. 1995: B1, B2...