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Brain Pickings: 14 children’s books by famous writers of “grown-up” literature

Brain Pickings is a wonderful weekly e-newsletter about culture, and it recently featured a pair of reviews of children’s books written by famous authors, from Mark Twain to Virginia Woolf.

Here’s a list of these “little-known children’s books by beloved authors of literature for grown-ups.”

  1. James Joyce – The Cat and the Devil
  2. Mark Twain – Advice to Little Girls (as a story included in the book The 30,000 Dollar Bequest and  Other Stories).
  3. Virginia Woolf – The Widow and The Parrot
  4. T.S. Eliot – Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats
  5. Mary Shelley – Maurice, or The Fisher’s Cot
  6. Leo Tolstoy – Classic Tales and Fables for Children
  7. Oscar Wilde – The Happy Prince and Other Tales
  8. Aldous Huxley – The Crows of Pearblossom
  9. Gertrude Stein – The World is Round
  10. James Thurber – The 13 Clocks
  11. Carl Sandburg – Rootabaga Stories
  12. Salman Rushdie – Haroun and the Sea of Stories
  13. Ian Fleming – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  14. Langston Hughes – The First Book of Jazz

Read more about the first seven choices at Brain Pickings.

Read more about the seven follow-up book choices at Brain Pickings.


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