Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom

by Ursula Nordstrom

Other authorsLeonard S. Marcus (Editor)
Paperback, 2000




HarperCollins (2000), 456 pages

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LibraryThing member labwriter
Ursula Nordstrom (b. 1910) was a children's book editor at Harper & Row; later she was Harper's first female vice president. She became an editor (1940) at a time when there were few women editors in book publishing. She was a hugely important figure in the history of book publishing--the children's literature's Maxwell Perkins. She was quite the personality, and from what I can tell this book does her justice.… (more)
LibraryThing member satyridae
What I liked about this collection of letters is the way UN's wry wit was always in evidence. It was fun to read some of the letters to authors I know and love.

What I didn't like was the lack of context, the disconnected nature of only getting one side of the conversation.

What drove me crazy is maybe only something I don't understand, perhaps some scholarly convention- but I found it maddening that the editor assigned "short" names to some of the authors as if he would be referring to them by these compressed names but then continued to use the whole name, followed by the shortened version in parentheses throughout.

In summation I see the merit of a book of letters but I'd have been much, much happier with a biography.
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LibraryThing member flydodofly
I very much enjoyed getting this exclusive peek at the selection of the Ursula Nordstrom's letters to so many wonderful authors of children's books. Although, being without replies, it resembled a long monologue, I thought each letter had been well-put into context by ample footnotes. For even more detail, the internet was as always very useful, and I had a feeling like I was doing my own little research, lerning more about Ursula Nordstrom, but at the same time also about everyone else she was in contact with, and of course also the times when this was happening. Her letters make me think she was not a wonderful person and someone one would love to have around, as a friend, or even as an editor, but also somone with a good dose of genius in herself.… (more)


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