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By Jacalyn Eddy

The main entire account of the ladies who, as librarians, editors, and founders of the Horn e-book, formed the trendy kid's publication among 1919 and 1939. The lives of Anne Carroll Moore, Alice Jordan, Louise Seaman Bechtel, could Massee, Bertha Mahony Miller, and Elinor Whitney box open up for readers the area of girl professionalization. What emerges is a brilliant representation of a few of the cultural debates of the time, together with issues approximately "good analyzing" for kids and approximately women's negotiations among domesticity and participation within the paid hard work strength and the prices and payoffs life.Published in collaboration one of the collage of Wisconsin Press, the guts for the heritage of Print tradition in sleek the USA (a joint software of the collage of Wisconsin–Madison and the Wisconsin historic Society), and the college of Wisconsin–Madison basic Library process workplace of Scholarly communique.

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