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ERIC Number: ED111006
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Pages: 17
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Who Writes Children's Books? An Inquiry Into Selected Social Characteristics of American Authors for Children and Adolescents.
Lukenbill, W. Bernard
In order to learn more about contemporary authors of children's books and their sociological views, a study was conducted of a randomly selected sample of 220 Canadian and American authors living in either Canada or the United States. Biographical data was collected from the reference source "Something About the Authors" concerning sex, social class, education, place of birth and residence, marriage, children, political and religious affiliations, reference groups, and nonliterary or artistic occupations of authors. Findings show that authors of children's books tend to be white, middle-class married women with some college education, residing in the United States' northeast or west. They also tend to have children and to be occupationally identified with the higher, but not highest, prestige occupations. It is possible that the majority of these authors have held common social perceptions, but evidence shows that the recent demands of society have introduced authors from backgrounds in conflict with the established order who are now writing a different type of children's literature. (JM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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