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Eleanor Graham

(1896—1984) publisher and children's writer


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(1896–1984), groundbreaking British editor and reviewer, and author of four children's books, including The Story of Jesus (1959), an early commission for the illustrator Brian Wildsmith, and The Children Who Lived in a Barn (1938). She was born in Walthamstow, Essex, into a literary family whose circle included Kenneth Grahame, a biography of whom she wrote in 1963. From 1927 to 1931 she ran the renowned Bumpus bookshop children's room in London, critically selecting the best children's fiction, nonfiction, and poetry available. Graham then became an editor, reviewed for the Sunday Times, Bookman, and Junior Bookshelf, and in 1941 was invited to found Puffin Books. By 1946 Puffin had a paperback list of thirty-two of the best modern and classic titles. After retiring in 1961, Graham continued to write and review, and in 1973 she received the Eleanor Farjeon Award for her pioneering services to children's literature.

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

Subjects: Literature.


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