Writing

Little Bits of the Puzzle. Robert Louis Stevenson said, "I like biography better than fiction myself; fiction is too free. In biography you have your little handful of facts, little bits of a puzzle, and you sit and think and fit 'em together this way and that." Angelica describes her writing techniques with examples from her biographies for young people.


How I Became a Writer. This is a slide-illustrated lecture with family photographs of Angelica Carpenter and her mother and co-author Jean Shirley, and with pictures of Oz books, old and new. Angelica tells how she became an author and gives a short history of Oz publishing and Oz's presence in (or absence from) public libraries from the 1920s to the present. This brief presentation is suitable for audiences of widely varying ages, from kindergarten to adults.

Oz

The International Wizard of Oz Club. Justin Schiller founded The International Wizard of Oz Club in 1957 when he was just twelve years old. Now he is a world famous dealer in antiquarian children's books and the Club is one of the oldest and largest literary societies in the world. This presentation gives a basic history of Oz and the Club and describes Club meetings, publications, costume contests, and world contacts.


Aunt Jane's Nieces. L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz books, wrote the best-selling Aunt Jane's Nieces series of girls' adventure novels under the name Edith Van Dyne. This presentation compares the Aunt Jane's Nieces series, written by a man, to the popular Patty books by Carolyn Wells (a woman) and finds some gender-based differences in the two series.


L. Frank Baum and Oz. Many readers don't realize that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first of 14 Oz books by Baum. This program summarizes the first three books and traces Baum's many jobs and travels from New York, to Dakota Territory, to Hollywood in the days of silent movies. Find out why Oz books have been banned from schools and libraries since the start of the series. Slides feature historical photos, Oz illustrations, and photos of the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, where L. Frank Baum wrote several Oz books. Accompanies the book L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz.

Woman's Role

Aunt Jane's Nieces. L. Frank Baum, author of the Oz books, wrote the best-selling Aunt Jane's Nieces series of girls' adventure novels under the name Edith Van Dyne. This presentation compares the Aunt Jane's Nieces series, written by a man, to the popular Patty books by Carolyn Wells (a woman) and finds some gender-based differences in the two series.


Frances Hodgson Burnett follows the famous author who moved from England to America as a teenager and who crossed the ocean 32 more times. The author of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy also wrote dozens of best-selling novels for adults, dealing with serious issues like single mothers and abusive marriages. Her personal life was considered shocking for Victorian times. Accompanies the books Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden and In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Travel

Connecticut Yankees in King Arthur's Courts. Discover the American influence in six European collections of children's literature and see highlights from collections in London, Oxford, Newcastle, The Hague, and Munich. This program is suitable for library audiences.


Heather to Hibiscus follows Robert Louis Stevenson from Scotland to the South Seas. The author of Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses was born in 1850 to a wealthy Edinburgh family. He met his American wife-to-be in France, and later traveled to America and on three voyages through the South Seas. This slide-illustrated tour shows historical photos and current views of Edinburgh, France, California, and Samoa. Accompanies the book Robert Louis Stevenson: Finding Treasure Island.


Lewis Carroll at Oxford. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson "went up" to Christ Church [College] at Oxford University as an undergraduate and remained there all his life, teaching mathematics. He wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for his child friend, Alice Liddell, daughter of the college dean, basing the books on her real life experiences. Dodgson published children's books using the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll to protect his academic reputation. He is considered the most important photographer of children from the Victorian era, but his friendships with little girls and his photos of some of them undressed make him a controversial subject 100 years after his death. Slides include historical photos, scenes from the 1998 Lewis Carroll Centenary Conference at Oxford, the Isle of Wight, and Guildford, where Dodgson died. Accompanies the book Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass.


Literary Gardens features the garden at Oxford where Lewis Carroll met Alice Liddell, Frances Hodgson Burnett's garden in Kent (she based The Secret Garden on her experiences there), and the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, designed by authors Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson. The Sissinghurst garden was featured in the PBS Masterpiece Theatre series "Portrait of a Marriage," based on the book by the same name. Accompanies the books Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden and In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Magical Sabbatical. Take a virtual European tour of children's literature collections and sites. See highlights of collections at Roehampton University in Surrey, England; the Bodleian Library in Oxford; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Seven Stories, The Centre for the Children's Book, at Newcastle upon Tyne; the National Library of the Netherlands, and the International Youth Library, Munich. Includes photos of programs sponsored by the Lewis Carroll Society, a visit to The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and interviews with Richard Peck and Jacqueline Wilson, the Children's Laureate of Britain.

Libraries

Connecticut Yankees in King Arthur's Courts. Discover the American influence in six European collections of children's literature and see highlights from collections in London, Oxford, Newcastle, The Hague, and Munich. This program is suitable for library audiences.


Magical Sabbatical. Take a virtual European tour of children's literature collections and sites. See highlights of collections at Roehampton University in Surrey, England; the Bodleian Library in Oxford; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Seven Stories, The Centre for the Children's Book, at Newcastle upon Tyne; the National Library of the Netherlands, and the International Youth Library, Munich. Includes photos of programs sponsored by the Lewis Carroll Society, a visit to The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and interviews with Richard Peck and Jacqueline Wilson, the Children's Laureate of Britain.


The Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children's Literature. Photographs of the Center's programs and exhibitions are combined with highlights from its collections, including foreign language books, the Lewis Carroll Collection, and the Helen Monnette Amestoy Collection of Books on Cats, the largest collection of cat books in any library in the world.

Her Books

Frances Hodgson Burnett follows the famous author who moved from England to America as a teenager and who crossed the ocean 32 more times. The author of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess, and Little Lord Fauntleroy also wrote dozens of best-selling novels for adults, dealing with serious issues like single mothers and abusive marriages. Her personal life was considered shocking for Victorian times. Accompanies the books Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden and In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett.


Heather to Hibiscus follows Robert Louis Stevenson from Scotland to the South Seas. The author of Treasure Island, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses was born in 1850 to a wealthy Edinburgh family. He met his American wife-to-be in France, and later traveled to America and on three voyages through the South Seas. This slide-illustrated tour shows historical photos and current views of Edinburgh, France, California, and Samoa. Accompanies the book Robert Louis Stevenson: Finding Treasure Island.


Lewis Carroll at Oxford. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson "went up" to Christ Church [College] at Oxford University as an undergraduate and remained there all his life, teaching mathematics. He wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass for his child friend, Alice Liddell, daughter of the college dean, basing the books on her real life experiences. Dodgson published children's books using the pseudonym of Lewis Carroll to protect his academic reputation. He is considered the most important photographer of children from the Victorian era, but his friendships with little girls and his photos of some of them undressed make him a controversial subject 100 years after his death. Slides include historical photos, scenes from the 1998 Lewis Carroll Centenary Conference at Oxford, the Isle of Wight, and Guildford, where Dodgson died. Accompanies the book Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking Glass.


L. Frank Baum and Oz. Many readers don't realize that The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was the first of 14 Oz books by Baum. This program summarizes the first three books and traces Baum's many jobs and travels from New York, to Dakota Territory, to Hollywood in the days of silent movies. Find out why Oz books have been banned from schools and libraries since the start of the series. Slides feature historical photos, Oz illustrations, and photos of the Hotel del Coronado near San Diego, where L. Frank Baum wrote several Oz books. Accompanies the book L. Frank Baum: Royal Historian of Oz.


Literary Gardens features the garden at Oxford where Lewis Carroll met Alice Liddell, Frances Hodgson Burnett's garden in Kent (she based The Secret Garden on her experiences there), and the garden at Sissinghurst Castle, designed by authors Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicholson. The Sissinghurst garden was featured in the PBS Masterpiece Theatre series "Portrait of a Marriage," based on the book by the same name. Accompanies the books Frances Hodgson Burnett: Beyond the Secret Garden and In the Garden: Essays in Honor of Frances Hodgson Burnett.

Angelica Carpenter
 
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