- Contributors' Notes
Brian Alderson's most recent book is Sing a Song for Sixpence: The English Picture-Book Tradition and Randolph Caldecott.
Gillian Avery is a writer and historian of children's books. Among her publications are Nineteenth Century Children (1965) and Childhood's Pattern (1975). She is currently working on a history of American children's books, and also a history of English girls' schools.
Frank Beck has worked as a writer and editor for three American textbook publishers. He is a contributing editor for The Manhattan Review and lives in New York City.
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 9: 1985, received the Children's Literature Association's Best Critical Essay Award at the annual conference in 1987. Professor Bosmajian is currently at work on a book-length study of young readers' literature about Nazism, the holocaust, and nuclear war.
Robert Coles's most recent book is The Call of Stories: Teaching and the Moral Imagination. He is currently at work on a book about the religious life of children.
Diana Wynne Jones is the author of many fantasy novels for children and young adults. Some of her recent titles are Witch Week (1982), [End Page 160] Archer's Goon (1984), Fire and Hemlock (1985), Howl's Moving Castle (1986), A Tale of Time City (1987), and The Lives of Christopher Chant (1988). Ms. Jones lives in Bristol, England.
Madeleine L'Engle has written many books for adults, young adults, and children. Her Time Trilogy includes A Wrinkle in Time (the Newbery Award winner for 1963), A Wind in the Door (1976), and A Swiftly Tilting Planet (1979). Many Waters (1986) also belongs to this series, which centers around the Murry family. A second series, of which the latest is A House Like a Lotus (1984), deals with the adventures of Meg Murry's children; a third deals with Vicky Austin and her family. For adults, L'Engle's most recent book is Two-Part Invention (1988), the story of her marriage.
Gregory Maguire is the author of five novels for children, including I Feel Like the Morning Star (Harper). He is coeditor of Innocence and Experience: Essays and Conversations on Children's Literature (Lothrop) and is a member of the Steering Committee of Children's Literature New England. He has published adult fiction, editorials, and reviews in The Boston Review, The Christian Science Monitor, The Albany Review, and other journals. His forthcoming picture book is Lucas Fishbone (Harper).
Mitzi Myers teaches children's literature, adolescent literature, and writing at UCLA. She has published numerous essays and reviews on women writers and children's literature. She is currently working on two studies of historical children's fiction, one of which is about Maria Edgeworth. Her work has won awards and grants from the Children's Literature Association, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society. She is active in many scholarly organizations and is a Research Associate of the UCLA Center for the Study of Women.
Lissa Paul is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, where she teaches children's literature. Her article "Enigma Variations: What Feminist Theory Knows About Children's Literature" was runner up for the 1987 Children's Literature Association Criticism Award. [End Page 161]
Kathy Piehl is a librarian at Mankato State University in Minnesota. Her articles and reviews have appeared in Children's Literature in Education, English Journal, School Library Journal, Children's Literature Association Quarterly, and Voice of Youth Advocates. Her research interest is in spiritual and religious values in books for children and young adults.
Suzanne Rahn is an associate professor of English at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. She is the author of Children's Literature: An Annotated Bibliography of the History and Criticism (Garland, 1981) and of numerous articles on children's literature.
Elizabeth Sewell was born English...