"They Also Wrote Children’s Books" from the Collection of John R. Blaney
March 4 - May 2, 2020
John Blaney has been collecting
modern first editions for over 40 years by such well-known
authors as Maya Angelou,
William Faulkner, Ernest
Hemingway, James Joyce, Ken Kesey, Toni Morrison, William Steinbeck, Kurt Vonnegut, and Virginia Woolf. However, it may not be known, or even
expected, that they also wrote at least one
children's book, some
excellent, some not so good. This presentation juxtaposes each children’s book with a
famous adult novel to help
make the point.
Hemingway's book The Good
Lion is a perfect example of a book that might not be
appreciated or even understood by a child. It seems the lion
is very unhappy living in Africa—the other lions mock him because he refuses to eat
the Hindu traders that pass through his village! He is also teased
because he has a pair of wings and so he decides to fly away to Italy. Where? To Venice where he goes to Harry's Bar and orders a very dry martini with Gordon's gin, of course, from Mr. Cipriani. And every child knows that the city symbol of Venice
is a winged lion!
New Members Collect
May 27- July 25, 2020
Selections from the collections of individuals elected to Grolier Club membership within the past year.