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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Amy Gary Narrator: Bernadette Dunne Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2017 ISBN: 9781441783462
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The extraordinary life of the woman behind the beloved children’s classics Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny comes alive in this fascinating biography of Margaret Wise Brown. Margaret’s books have sold millions of copies all over the world, but few people know that she was at the center of a children’s book publishing revolution. Her whimsy and imagination fueled a steady stream of stories, book ideas, songs, and poems and she was renowned for her prolific writing and business savvy, as well as her stunning beauty and endless thirst for adventure.

Margaret started her writing career by helping to shape the curriculum for the Bank Street School for Children, making it her mission to create stories that would rise above traditional fairy tales and allowed girls to see themselves as equal to boys. At the same time, she also experimented endlessly with her own writing. Margaret would spend days researching subjects, picking daisies, cloud gazing, and observing nature, all in an effort to precisely capture a child’s sense of awe and wonder as they discovered the world.

Clever, quirky, and incredibly talented, Margaret embraced life with passion, lived extravagantly off of her royalties, went on rabbit hunts, and carried on long and troubled love affairs with both men and women. Among them were two great loves in Margaret’s life. One was a gender-bending poet and the ex-wife of John Barrymore. She went by the stage name of Michael Strange and she and Margaret had a tempestuous yet secret relationship, at one point living next door to each other so that they could be together. After the dissolution of their relationship and Michael’s death, Margaret became engaged to a younger man, who also happened to be the son of a Rockefeller and a Carnegie. But before they could marry Margaret died unexpectedly at the age of forty-two, leaving behind a cache of unpublished work and a timeless collection of books that would go on to become classics in children’s literature.

Author Amy Gary captures the eccentric and exceptional life of Margaret Wise Brown, and drawing on newly discovered personal letters and diaries, reveals an intimate portrait of a creative genius whose unrivaled talent breathed new life into the literary world.

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Quotes & Awards

  • In the Great Green Room animates for readers an extraordinary life devoted to satisfying every curiosity and deepening every meaning.”

    Tracy Daugherty, New York Times bestselling author

  • Thanks to Any Gary’s insightful biography…now I see a colorful, vibrant woman who had complicated love affairs, a unique ability to see the world through a child’s eyes, and who was constantly recreating life on her own terms.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “The unconventional life of Margaret Wise Brown…is portrayed with sympathy and novelistic detail in this page-turning biography.”

    BookPage

  • “Gary adds to the portrait we have of Brown with never-before-seen materials she uncovered in 1990, including manuscripts, diaries, and letters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “A true discovery….A lively portrait of a woman writer and editor who deserves to be widely known for her work.”

    Irene Gammel, author of Looking for Anne of Green Gables

  • A Library Journal Audio-in-Advance Pick for January 2017
  • A BookPage Top Pick for January 2017
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for January 2017
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About the Author

Amy Gary has cataloged, edited, and researched all of Margaret Wise Brown’s writings for the last twenty-five years. Amy’s work has been covered in Vanity Fair, Entertainment Weekly, and the Wall Street Journal. She was formerly the director of publishing at Lucasfilm and headed the publishing department at Pixar Animation studios.

About the Narrator

Bernadette Dunne is the winner of numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards and has twice been nominated for the prestigious Audie Award. She studied at the Royal National Theatre in London and the Studio Theater in Washington, DC, and has appeared at the Kennedy Center and off Broadway. She lives in Brooklyn.