Tag: 1940s

  • Uncle Einar by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Uncle Einar by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    We’ve already met Einar as Timothy’s uncle in “Homecoming”. Now we see the man at home, and learn more about the realities of living as a supernatural being in a world made for regular humans.

  • Homecoming by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Homecoming by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    “Homecoming” is a short story by American writer Ray Bradbury, first published in 1946. A family of ghouls hosts a big family reunion for Allhallows Eve. Dead relatives return for the occasion. Unfortunately for Timothy, he seems to be the only member of the family who doesn’t have supernatural powers. Some readers pick this up […]

  • The Man Upstairs by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    The Man Upstairs by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Let’s take a look at a vampire story by American writer Ray Bradbury. “The Man Upstairs” was first published in the¬†March 1947¬†issue of Harper’s Magazine. You’ll also find it in Stories Volume One and Bradbury’s 1955 collection called The October Country.

  • The Jockey by Carson McCullers Short Story Analysis

    The Jockey by Carson McCullers Short Story Analysis

    American writer Carson McCullers published “The Jockey” in 1941, when she was just 24, which seems young, until you realise she’d published “Sucker” at the age of 17 and a novel at age 22. McCullers belonged to a generation who spent their youth living through world war. Surely that affords a measure of maturity. She…

  • My Mother’s Dream by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    My Mother’s Dream by Alice Munro Short Story Analysis

    “My Mother’s Dream” is a short story by Alice Munro, and the final offering in The Love Of A Good Woman (1998). This is an absolute masterwork in how to subvert an established narrative trope.

  • Wait Till The Moon Is Full by Wise Brown and Williams Analysis

    Wait Till The Moon Is Full by Wise Brown and Williams Analysis

    Wait Till the Moon Is Full is a 1948 picture book written by Margaret Wise Brown with pictures by Garth Williams. The story has carnivalesque elements, a gentle utopian storyline and a well-drawn mother figure, who is safe and warm but who also joins her son in his imaginative play.

  • Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

    Pitschi by Hans Fischer (1948)

    Pitschi is a picture book written and illustrated by Swiss storyteller Hans Fischer, first published in 1948. Pitschi is a good example of a post war children’s book: dangerously cosy with a stay at home message.

  • The Crows of Pearblossom by Huxley and Cooney Analysis

    The Crows of Pearblossom by Huxley and Cooney Analysis

    The Crows of Pearblossom by Aldous Huxley illustrated by Barbara Cooney (1917-2000) published in 1967

  • The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Novel Study

    The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes Novel Study

    The Hundred Dresses is a middle grade American novel by Eleanor Estes, first published 1944. I consider this story a children’s literature sister of Katherine Mansfield’s short story “The Doll’s House“. The Hundred Dresses remains resonant with young readers today, and is happily still in print after winning a Newbery Honor. (The medal was awarded…

  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    The Pearl by John Steinbeck

    “The Pearl” is a novella by John Steinbeck, first published hot on the heels of the second world war. The story is a re-visioning of a Mexican folktale, sometimes called a parable. This story is widely studied in American high schools so much has been posted elsewhere about symbolism and themes. My focus is on…

  • The Appeal of Milly Molly Mandy

    The Appeal of Milly Molly Mandy

    Milly Molly Mandy remains one of my mother’s favourite books, but even then it was old. Milly Molly Mandy is in fact the great-grandmother of today’s child readers. I’m not sure how popular these stories are among the contemporary audience, but I can say for sure, Milly Molly Mandy entertained at least two generations of…

  • Scuffy The Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton Analysis

    Scuffy The Tugboat by Gertrude Crampton Analysis

    The Little Golden Books series was launched in 1942, just as the second world war ended. Children needed to hunker down with cosy stories (along with their parents). Scuff The Tugboat was one of the earlier publications of this highly successful franchise, first printed in 1946, and the epitome of ‘cosy’. Now you can buy…