Margaret Wise Brown


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(1910–1952), American children's author of Goodnight Moon and over a hundred other picture books, many of them now considered classics. Born in New York, she earned her BA in 1932 from Hollins College, now Hollins University, where many of her papers are now located. After graduation she studied at Columbia University and at the Bureau of Educational Experiments, now Bank Street College of Education, a nursery and research institute for child behavior. At Bank Street she worked with the founder Lucy Mitchell, initiator of the “here and now” school of children's books, which put experience of a child's immediate world before the fairy tales of “once upon a time.” In 1938 Brown became children's editor for the publisher William R. Scott. Among her achievements there was persuading Gertrude Stein to write a children's book, The World Is Round (1939). Brown also began writing her own children's books, beginning with When the Wind Blew in 1937, and soon was producing several a year, often so many that some appeared under pseudonyms (Golden MacDonald, Timothy Hay, Juniper Sage).


From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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