In the Great Green Room: The Brilliant and Bold Life of Margaret Wise Brown by Amy Gary is the life story of the talented woman who created the classic children’s books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny.
Though Margaret Wise Brown was only forty-two when she died unexpectedly, around one hundred books she wrote were published in her lifetime. Dozens of other manuscripts were found after her death.
Margaret was not only a prolific writer but an influential editor who helped usher in the golden age of children’s books in the mid-twentieth century. Read More→
Virginia Woolf (January 25, 1882 – March 28, 1941), born Adeline Virginia Stephen in London, epitomized rare literary genius. Despite debilitating battles with mental breakdowns, Woolf produced a body of work considered among the most groundbreaking in twentieth-century literature.
Virginia Woolf’s father, Leslie Stephen, was a literary critic, and her mother, Julia Prinsep Stephen, was a renowned beauty and artists’ model. Her mother’s sudden death when she was thirteen may have been the catalyst for the first of her recurrent breakdowns.
As a young woman, Woolf developed her writer’s voice with a number of literary pursuits. She reviewed books for the Times Literary Supplement, wrote scores of articles and essays, and for a short time, taught English and history at Morley College in London (she herself had never earned a degree). Read More→