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Robert Lawson (Hardcover)

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A preeminent writer and illustrator of children's books, Robert Lawson (1892-1957) is the only figure within children's literature to have won both the Caldecott and Newbery medals. Over the course of his thirty-year career, Lawson illustrated nearly fifty books by others, and wrote and illustrated some twenty books of his own. His role in defining the style of children's literature at mid-century was pivotal. Lawson's illustrations capture character and quirks with great humor and expressiveness; his prose reflects solid American values of liberty, courage, and hard work and inventively combines elements of history, fantasy, realism, and autobiography. In Robert Lawson - the first book-length treatment of its subject - Gary D. Schmidt argues that Lawson deserves continuing attention for two reasons: his ability to push literary genres to their limits and his influence on later illustrators in the realm of children's literature. Arranging his presentation by genre, Schmidt inspects the autobiographical works, in which Lawson used personal reminiscence and picture-book format to tell the story of his own family; historical fantasies, a genre Lawson created by using as story narrator the imagined pets of figures like Ben Franklin and Paul Revere; the renowned Rabbit Hill volumes, incorporating realism, fantasy, and autobiography and advocating tolerance; and the "whimsical nonsense tales", in which Lawson merged the realistic and the fantastical to create priceless works of entertainment. Separate chapters are devoted to Lawson's collaborative endeavors and to his last book, 1957's The Great Wheel, to appraise its melding of form and message. In even-handed fashion Schmidt addresses, too, the works that are dated, inaccessible, or ill-conceived and the ones that treat African Americans in a harsh light. Serving to elucidate the discussions throughout are plentiful reproductions of Lawson's artwork. The only extant study to assess all the works of a gifted writer-illustrator, Robert Lawson makes an ideal supplement for courses in children's literature, children's illustration, and the teaching of reading.


Publisher Gale / Cengage Learning
Mfg Part# 9780805745856
SKU 210977964
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0805745858
Release Date 8/13/2012
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