Andre Norton: Defender of Middle-earth
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This week I learned (or re-learned, maybe) that when she was working for the Cleveland Public Library, Andre Norton rose to the defense of a British children's book that other librarians found unsuitable for their collection: The Hobbit.

https://tangentonline.com/columns/articl...re-norton/

Quote:"I was children's librarian at the Cleveland Public Library for over twenty years, from 1930-1951. Each month the librarians would receive a book to review. If there was some objection to the book, and we still wanted it, we would have an opportunity to defend it. I remember getting The Hobbit and nobody had heard of Tolkien, so I had to argue for it like mad. Another book that they absolutely refused to put in because of the title was John W. Campbell's The Moon is Hell. During my twenty-two years at the library I worked in all but two of the forty-seven branches. There were many ethnic enclaves in the city, including Italian, Czechoslovakian, Russian, Polish, Ukranian, Jewish, and Chinese. Just before the war I had an opportunity as special librarian on a citizenship project in Washington D.C. I was to select books on what it was like to be an American. This was for people who were learning the English language, so books had to be rewritten and simplified with a limited vocabulary..."
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(May 26th, 2022, 11:45 PM)Michael Wrote: This week I learned (or re-learned, maybe) that when she was working for the Cleveland Public Library, Andre Norton rose to the defense of a British children's book that other librarians found unsuitable for their collection: The Hobbit.

https://tangentonline.com/columns/articl...re-norton/

Quote:"I was children's librarian at the Cleveland Public Library for over twenty years, from 1930-1951. Each month the librarians would receive a book to review. If there was some objection to the book, and we still wanted it, we would have an opportunity to defend it. I remember getting The Hobbit and nobody had heard of Tolkien, so I had to argue for it like mad. Another book that they absolutely refused to put in because of the title was John W. Campbell's The Moon is Hell. During my twenty-two years at the library I worked in all but two of the forty-seven branches. There were many ethnic enclaves in the city, including Italian, Czechoslovakian, Russian, Polish, Ukranian, Jewish, and Chinese. Just before the war I had an opportunity as special librarian on a citizenship project in Washington D.C. I was to select books on what it was like to be an American. This was for people who were learning the English language, so books had to be rewritten and simplified with a limited vocabulary..."

Sorry this is not related to your op but i want to thank you for your articles on Tolkien and race.
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