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Beginnings: Creation Myths of the World, 1978

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Folder contains primarily correspondence with/regarding the following individuals: Penelope Farmer, Antonio & Nono Frasconi, Jane Birkett of Chatto & Windus (copublishers), Judy Long, and Deborah Owen, Farmer's agent. Farmer compiled and edited these creation myths from around the world, and Antonio Frasconi illustrated them with original woodcuts. Professional topics discussed include the difficulties of coproduction, obtaining rights for the myths used, line edits to the manuscript, format and design, advertising posters, and reviews and responses to the book. Farmer dedicated the book to McEdlerry. Farmer began both Beginnings and Year King around the same time; some of the early correspondence discusses both books ( Year King is often referred to as "the twin book"). McElderry and Birkett also discuss Farmer's William and Mary and projects by Susan Cooper, another author published jointly by both houses. Personal topics include several of Farmer's visits to the US, her divorce, and the death of McElderry's husband.

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Beginnings: Creation Myths of the World; Margaret K. McElderry Papers, COTSEN4, Cotsen Children's Library, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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