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In doing so she was making a tacit admission that underneath the newly emerged "polite" literature for children, a subterranean stream of much greater antiquity was flowing: the popular tales of the storyteller, told at night around the hearth, passed on by word of mouth, finding refuge in print in cheap books and chapbooks, which were published for general, and not just children's consumption. " Indeed, throughout the eighteenth century the shadow of either Jack or the Giants is never far removed from children's books, such important early publishers as Thomas Boreman and John Newbery even using them by way of advertisement.

Laughlin and Sherry Laughlin The University of Southern Mississippi 1993 LIBRARIES UNLIMITED, INC. Englewood, Colorado Page iv For Paul, David, and Laura Beth And for Bill, Paul, Buddy, Char, and Kay Our thanks to the graduate assistants, secretaries, librarians, and others at the University of Southern Mississippi who helped to make this book possible. We are especially grateful to the Ezra JackKeats Foundation for its financial support to tran- scribe the audiotapes and to the authors and artists who allowed their speeches to be published.

Zolotow credits her work at Harper & Row as an editorial assistant to Ursula Nordstrom, children's book editor, as the major influence in her career. In addition to her numerous credits as an author, Zolotow is currently the editorial director of her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books. It is this imprint she chose for the reverse of the USM Medallion. An author of young adult fiction, Richard Peck was the twenty-third recipient of the USM Medallion. His novels, highly acclaimed for their realism and emotional power, focus on critical adolescent problems, such as suicide, unwanted pregnancy, the death of a loved one, and rape.

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