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Leonard S. Marcus

Author of The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth

40+ Works 2,228 Members 83 Reviews

About the Author

Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's most respected writers about children's literature. His essays, interviews, and reviews appear in the New York Times Book Review and numerous other publications, and he has a regular column in Parenting magazine. His books include Minders of Make-Believe: show more Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Children's Literature; Golden Legacy: How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way; A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and Their Paths to the Caldecott Medal; Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom; and The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy. Leonard S. Marcus lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and son. show less

Works by Leonard S. Marcus

The Annotated Phantom Tollbooth (2011) — Annotations — 242 copies
The American store window (1978) 7 copies

Associated Works

Goodnight Moon (1947) — Afterword, some editions — 18,765 copies
The Wrinkle in Time Quartet (1962) — Editor, some editions — 997 copies
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 346 copies
Dear Genius: The Letters of Ursula Nordstrom (1998) — Editor — 332 copies
A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader (2018) — Contributor — 234 copies


Common Knowledge

Mount Vernon, New York, USA
Places of residence
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Yale College
Iowa Writers' Workshop
public speaker
non-fiction author
Schwartz, Amy (wife)
School of Visual Arts
New School for Social Research
Short biography
Leonard S. Marcus is one of the world's leading writers about children's books and the people who create them. He lives in Brooklyn, New York. [from Randolph Caldecott (2013)]



William Dugan, Illustrator in Book talk (December 2015)


Gr 7 Up—Introduced by a brief history of the struggle over intellectual freedom in the United States, this anthology
documents conversations with authors whose books for young people have been frequently and famously banned.
Each conversation is prefaced with an engaging summary of the author's life and work. Those studying freedom of
speech will find important primary sources and gain insight into the harmful impact of censorship on individuals and
BackstoryBooks | 19 other reviews | Apr 1, 2024 |
I enjoyed this book, though it was not always heart-warming to read about an admired author's quirks and imperiousness. She was a complicated person, with a rich artistic and spiritual life, and it's clearly not easy to keep all that together with family life/public persona/etc. Glad I read it, though, and it's pointed me to another memoir by her friends that I think I shall also have to read. And to go look through my library to see if I still have my Madeleine L'Engle collection.
fmclellan | 6 other reviews | Jan 23, 2024 |
How appropriate that I have been reading this book...since my library is currently being challenged by a far right wing of extremists who are seeking to ban books. I don't care if you agree or not with LGBT or Christianity or whatever and what not....IT IS NOT GOOD WHEN WE TRY TO IMPOSE BELIEFS ON OTHERS. (And I say this as a white heterosexual Christian)

I have some killer quotes forthcoming!! Anyone who wants to reflect on the power of words, here from these popular authors who have been "silenced" for one reason or another. It's a good read. And timely.… (more)
msgabbythelibrarian | 19 other reviews | Jun 11, 2023 |
FROM SYNC: Multiple narrators reenact interviews with authors on censorship and free expression. The discussions are between editor Leonard S. Marcus and 13 authors of controversial books for kids and young adults. Narrator Tom Parks reads all of Marcus’s interview questions; each chapter features one author represented by a different narrator. Parks’s delivery style is stiff, but the authors’ answers seem genuine and conversational. Narrator Janet Metzger is particularly good at narrating author Katherine Paterson’s (BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA) sharp-witted Southern-accented responses. Narrator Thom Rivera is also upbeat and enjoyable as author David Levithan (BOY MEETS BOY). Narrator Susan Dalian ardently delivers Angie Thomas's answers and her explanation of the connection between THE HATE U GIVE and hip-hop.… (more)
Gmomaj | 19 other reviews | Apr 27, 2023 |



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Jane Yolen Contributor
Susan Cooper Contributor
Philip Pullman Contributor
Tamora Pierce Contributor
Diana Wynne Jones Contributor
Brian Jacques Contributor
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Roald Dahl Contributor
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Astrid Lindgren Contributor
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Robert McCloskey Contributor
A. A. Milne Contributor
Beatrix Potter Contributor
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David McPhail Contributor
Barbara Cooney Contributor
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Don Freeman Contributor
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