Professional Reading and Adult Novels

Recommended Reading on Children's Literature 

(originally listed in "A Branch of the Tree" recorded essay for Prelude #4)

Aspects of Alice: Lewis Carroll's Dreamchild as Seen Through the Critics' Looking-Glasses. Robert Phillips, ed., Vanguard 1971

Books, Children, and Men by Paul Hazard, The Horn Book, 1960.

Children and Literature: Views and Reviews. Virginia Haviland, ed. Scott, Foresman, 1973.

Children's Literature Lectures, Library of Congress. Library of Congress, 1979.

Crosscurrents of Criticism: Horn Book Essays, 1968-1977. Paul Heins, ed. The Horn Book. 1977.

The Educated Imagination by Northrup Frye. Indiana University Press. 1964.

Fairy Tales and After: From Snow White to E.B.White by Roger Sale. Harvard University Press. 1978.

Of Other Worlds: Essays and Stories by C.S.Lewis. Harcourt. 1966.

Summoned by Books: Essays and Speeches by Frances Clarke Sayers. Viking. 1965.

Talent is Not Enough: Mollie Hunter on Writing for Children by Mollie Hunter. Harper. 1976.

The Thorny Paradise: Writers on Writing for Children. Edward Blishen, ed. Kestrel Books. 1975.

The Unreluctant Years: A Critical Approach to Children's Literature by Lillian H. Smith. Viking. 1953.

Recommended Adult Works and Writers

Letters of Sylvia Townsend Warner (1983)

Civilisation (1969) by Kenneth Clark


David Daiches

The Summer Book (1972) by Tove Jansson

Alfred Kazin

To Kill a Mockingbird (1961) by Harper Lee

The Left Hand of Darkness (1969) by Ursula Le Guin

The Language of Night (1985) by Ursula Le Guin

Arctic Dreams (1968) by Barry Lopez

Barbara Pym

Herbert Read

Housekeeping (1980) by Marilynne Robinson

Rebecca West

Edmund Wilson

Virginia Woolf