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Lives of the Writers
ISBN: 9780544252882
Author: Krull, Kathleen/ Hewitt, Kathryn (ILT)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: July 2014
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Binding Type: Paperback
Annotation: The lives of twenty writers, ranging from Dickens and Poe to Twain, Sandburg, and Langston Hughes, are profiled in this humorous and informative collection. Shakespeare wrote with a feather quill and ink; Emily Dickinson wrote with a fountain pen; Isaac Bashevis Singer wrote on a Yiddish typewriter. But what did such writers do when they weren't writing? What did Jane Austen eat for breakfast? What could make Mark Twain throw his shirts out the window? Why would Zora Neale Hurston punch a fellow elevator passenger? Lives of the Writers tells all that and more.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Literary
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Historical
- Juvenile Nonfiction | Language Arts | Composition & Creative Writing
Library of Congress Subjects:
Authors; Biography; Juvenile literature.
Dewey: 809
LCCN: bl2014026518
Lexile Measure: 1120
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 4-6, Age 9-11
Series: Lives Of...
Book type: Juvenile Non-Fiction
Target Grade: 4-6
Grade level: 4-6
Physical Information: 10.00" H x 7.00" L x 0.25" W
Bargain Category: Upper Elementary, Non-Fiction, Middle School, Biographies
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Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 1995)
The creators of [cf2]Lives of the Musicians[cf1] (Harcourt) have produced another eclectic collection of biographical sketches, this time featuring twenty famous literary figures. Krull, who provides both basic biographical details and lesser-known aspects of her subjects' lives, once again excels at weaving in the more gossipy pieces of information. Hewitt's quirky illustrations also highlight unique details. Bib., glos., ind. Copyright 1998 Horn Book Guide Reviews
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 1994 August #1)
As seductive as Krull and Hewitt's Lives of the Musicians, this compendium of brief biographies of literary luminaries is as much fun as a tete-a-tete with a gossipy friend. Krull knows exactly how to captivate her audience; she goes right for the juicy stuff, adding to historical fact the kind of chatty incidentals and amusing anecdotes that put flesh and blood on dry literary bones. Hans Christian Andersen, for example, ``was known to hug trees,'' and Edgar Allan Poe, at 27, married his 13-year-old cousin. Emily Dickinson and Mark Twain shared an eccentricity-they both dressed solely in white. Jane Austen ate chocolate for breakfast, and Jack London liked to pose outrageous challenges to his houseguests-swallowing live goldfish, perhaps, or pushing peanuts up their noses. These exuberant thumbnail sketches are ably matched by Hewitt's sophisticated caricatures, which will delight sharp-eyed readers with their many visual references to particulars and oddities about each of the subjects. A must-have for the reference shelf. Ages 8-12. (Sept.) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.
Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 1994 October)
Gr 4 Up-Employing the lively format that worked so well in Lives of the Musicians (Harcourt, 1993), Krull and Hewitt present the brief histories of 20 classic writers-warts and all. Most are novelists and poets whose names, and possibly whose works, will be familiar to the intended audience. A wide variety of cultures and a generous proportion of women are represented. Krull organizes her biographical sketches chronologically, moving from Japan (Murasaki Shikibu, author of Tale of the Genji) through the centuries with Shakespeare, Cervantes, the Brontes, Twain, Poe, Zora Neale Hurston, and ending with Isaac Bashevis Singer. The glimpses she provides are respectful of their times and influences without being dull. The dry essentials are dealt with in the headings of each chapter. The rest is the juicy stuff-what the writers ate, the pets they kept, what they wore (with a healthy interest in underwear), their writing habits, eccentricities and scandals, and what people thought of them. Brief sections entitled ``Bookmarks'' highlight a few of their works. A one-page glossary of literary terms, a short index, and a child-focused bibliography complete the book. Hewitt maintains a light touch in her full-page caricatures by balancing fully realized facial portraits on small bodies surrounded by representative objects. The handsomely mounted text is larded with small pictorial reminders of the content. There's enough substance here for a quick report or to enliven a longer one. Let's hope this team continues through all the arts. An irresistible package.-Sally Margolis, Deerfield Public Library, IL Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.