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Margery Williams (1881–1944)

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Author Margery Williams was born in London, England on July 22, 1881. She moved to the United States when she was nine-years-old and alternated between living in the United States and England for the rest of her life. She is best known for her thirty children's books, but she also wrote novels for visa mer adults and young adults. Her most popular works include The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World, and The Little Wooden Doll. Her young adult book, Winterbound, was a runner-up for the 1937 Newbery Medal and was retroactively given the Newbery Honor award when it was established in 1971. She died on September 4, 1944 at the age of 63. (Bowker Author Biography) visa färre
Foto taget av: Portrait of Margery Williams by James Bolivar Manson, 1911

Verk av Margery Williams

The Velveteen Rabbit (1922) 13,563 exemplar
Winterbound (1936) 64 exemplar
The Little Wooden Doll (1765) 47 exemplar
Tales from a Finnish Tupa (1936) — Joint Author., vissa utgåvor46 exemplar
Poor Cecco (1925) 27 exemplar
The Five-and-a-Half Club (1942) 22 exemplar
A Street of Little Shops (1932) 11 exemplar
The New Five-and-a-Half Club (1951) 10 exemplar
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man (1933) 8 exemplar
The Thing in the Woods (2015) 7 exemplar
Bright morning, (1942) 7 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit (1987) 7 exemplar
Seven Silly Wise Men (1970) 7 exemplar
Forward, Commandos! (1947) 6 exemplar
The good friends (1934) 5 exemplar
The house that grew smaller (1931) 5 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit [play] (1986) — Original story — 3 exemplar
The Adventures of Andy (1927) 3 exemplar
Rufus, the fox (1937) 3 exemplar
All About Pets (1938) 3 exemplar
Other People's Houses (1939) 3 exemplar
The apple tree (1926) 2 exemplar
Franzi and Gizi (1941) 2 exemplar
The Late Returning 2 exemplar
Velveteen Rabbit Abridged (2003) 2 exemplar
The Price of Youth 2 exemplar
The Candlestick 1 exemplar
More About Animals 1 exemplar
Spendthrift Summer 1 exemplar

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The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (1944) — Bidragsgivare — 275 exemplar
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (1938) — Bidragsgivare — 175 exemplar
The New Junior Classics Volume 06: Stories About Boys and Girls (1938) — Bidragsgivare — 172 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 10 (1958) 139 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 06 (1958) 76 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 21 (1959) 76 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 35 (1960) 69 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 19 (1959) 64 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 26 (1959) 63 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 10A (1963) 51 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit [2009 film] (2009) — Författare — 50 exemplar
A Golden Land (1958) — Bidragsgivare — 41 exemplar
3-Minute Stories: Bedtime Tales (2006) — Bidragsgivare — 37 exemplar
Best in Children's Books 19A (1967) 27 exemplar
Lisbeth Longfrock (1903) — Översättare, vissa utgåvor26 exemplar
Open the Door (1965) — Bidragsgivare — 21 exemplar
Tales Out Of Dunwich (2004) — Bidragsgivare — 19 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit (Cherished Fairy Tales) (1995) — Original Author — 17 exemplar
Sidsel Longskirt and Solve Suntrap: Two Children of Norway (1935) — Översättare — 8 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit [1985 TV movie] (1985) — Original story — 8 exemplar
Vintage Christmas Tales: A Holiday Anthology (2022) — Bidragsgivare — 6 exemplar
Solve Suntrap: A Boy of Norway (1910) — Översättare, vissa utgåvor5 exemplar
The Velveteen Rabbit (Clay Classics) [2004 film] (2003) — Original book — 5 exemplar
Writing Books for Boys and Girls — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor5 exemplar
Bruin's Midnight Reader (2021) — Bidragsgivare, vissa utgåvor3 exemplar
Juniper Farm, "Il était quatre petits enfants" — Översättare, vissa utgåvor3 exemplar


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Allmänna fakta

Vedertaget namn
Williams, Margery
Andra namn
Bianco, Margery Williams
Williams, Margery Winifred
Bianco, Margery
Williams, Harper (pseudonym)
UK (birth)
USA (naturalized)
Land (för karta)
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
London, England, UK
New York, New York, USA
Pennsylvania, USA
Turin, Italy
Convent School, Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania
children's book author
short story author
Bianco, Pamela (daughter)
Williams, Robert (father)
Priser och utmärkelser
Newbery Honor (1937)
Kort biografi
British-born Margery Winifred Williams moved with her parents to the USA in 1890. She became a professional writer at age 19. In 1904, on a visit to her English publisher, she met and married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London. The couple went to live in Turin, Italy, for many years. Margery eventually returned with her own family to the USA in 1921. She's best remembered today for The Velveteen Rabbit; or, How Toys Become Real. It became an instant classic and has been adapted many times as theater, radio, television, and animated films. In her final years, she interspersed writing novels for young adults with her children's books, and her daughter Pamela illustrated some of the works. Margery Willams won a Newbery Honor in 1937 for Winterbound.



Meanwhile, back in my umpteenth childhood, another book I read for the first time...

This beautiful, classic children's story about a boy and his toy rabbit, who becomes Real, is sweet, sad, and magical.
Steven1958 | 221 andra recensioner | Aug 23, 2023 |
#564 in our old book database. Not rated. Jan. 19, 1990.
villemezbrown | 221 andra recensioner | May 9, 2023 |
#564 in our old book database. Not rated. Jan. 19, 1990.

I recall that I didn't much like this book the first time I read it decades ago, but I decided to give it another go when the 100th Anniversary edition turned up on NPR's list of best children's books of 2022 that I'm reading as one of my 2023 goals.

The art for this edition is by Erin Stead, and overall I do prefer her style over the art by William Nicholson in the edition that my family owns, but the muted colors and droopy characters radiate moroseness from the get-go and throughout the tale. And while her rabbit is fine, as drawn it doesn't really match the description in the text as to the stuffed animal's form and really doesn't look much different from its first appearance to its supposedly worn look near the end of the story.

The story and its mythology really irritate me, and I ranted to my wife for quite awhile last night after we read the book together. Here's a taste of it. For starters, I'm torn between the Skin Horse being a false prophet of a faux religion of Real created to distract from the actual revelations of the tale's end, or the Skin Horse being John the Baptist to the Velveteen Rabbit's Christ who is risen again to immortality and finally opening the way for all toys to Heaven on Earth. And if there are two levels of Real, are there more? Say, fifteen, perhaps, as in Scientology? Will the Velveteen Rabbit continue to transcend as he tires of immortality on Earth? Will watching all the real rabbits in his life die every nine years as he goes on and on without the sweet release of death push him to a new epiphany of Real (Level 3)? Or will another random fairy/angel just pop up in time to move the story/pilgrimage along? Meanwhile, what about China Dog, the boy's first beloved toy? Did he achieve either level of Real or is he stuck in some limbo? What sins weigh down the soul of the Skin Horse that he is denied the second level of Real? What inherent evil of the modern age prevents mechanical toys from being able to enter the realm of Real? Is Williams a Luddite or simply unable to progress due to crippling obsession with nostalgia?

Or is this all just an attempt to create a parent cover story for throwing away kids' toys? The family pet goes off to live on "a farm in the country" and all the missing toys are now frolicking in the forest with the real animals.

Anyhow, I still don't like this book.

(Another project! I'm trying to read all the picture books and graphic novels on the kids section of NPR's Books We Love 2022.)
… (mer)
villemezbrown | 221 andra recensioner | May 9, 2023 |
'The Little Wooden Doll' appears to be Margery Williams Bianco's second most popular story after 'The Velveteen Rabbit'. That's not saying much as there are much, much less than a hundred catalogers, but it was interesting to me, knowing the endurance of the other story. Her third story also has to do with a the pluck of a toy seeking love...ok. She's a bit of a one note, but that one note is really good.

'The Little Wooden Doll' shares some themes, but is a little more whimsical. A wooden doll (of the type known as Dutch wooden, Grodnertal wooden, or simply a Penny wooden depending which doll tsar you're asking) sits in an old and dusty attic. She has made friends with the mice and the spiders as no human remembers she exists and no children live in the house. She is content, but longs for a child to love and name her.

It should come as no surprise that her wish is granted, though not in the way she inititally suspects.

This was cute, I liked the simple illustrations, but doesn't have the emotional weight of her more famous story.
… (mer)
ManWithAnAgenda | Apr 18, 2023 |



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