The Lesser-Known Children’s Books of Langston Hughes and Graham Greene

October 25, 2021 | 1 book mentioned

The New York Times takes a look at lesser-known children’s books written by literary titans such as Langston Hughes, Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, and more. Though these writers did not stay long in this genre, their efforts were lauded, as in the case of James Thurber and Many Moons. “When a well-known writer of adult books dashes off a juvenile story, a scarred and hardened reviewer is apt to approach it a little gingerly,” the review goes. “In Mr. Thurber’s case, happily, such caution is unnecessary. Brief, unpretentious, but sound and right of its sort, his fable is one which adults and children both will enjoy for its skillful nonsense and for a kind of humane wisdom which is not always a property of his New Yorker stories.”

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