Tag: 1950s

  • All Summer in a Day by Ray Bradbury Short Story Analysis

    Harry Wingfield Summer rainstorm (1966) for Ladybird

    All Summer in a Day is a short story by American writer Ray Bradbury, first published in 1954. Find it in Ray Bradbury Stories Vol. 1. It’s interesting to see how science fiction evolves alongside our increased understanding of other planets. “All Summer In A Day” is a story of its time, written in an […]

  • I Live On Your Visits by Dorothy Parker Short Story Analysis

    I Live On Your Visits by Dorothy Parker

    Dorothy Parker (1893-1967) is remembered as one of America’s greatest wits. If you watch Gilmore girls, you’ll be familiar with her name, as Rory is depicted reading a 1976 edition of The Portable Dorothy Parker. The creator of Gilmore girls, Amy Sherman-Palladino, was clearly a huge fan, naming her production company Dorothy Parker Drank Here. […]

  • Tawny Scrawny Lion (1952) by Jackson and Tenggren

    Tenggren, Gustav, Tawny Scrawny Lion by Kathryn Jackson, 1952

    Tawny Scrawny Lion is a Little Golden Book first published in 1952, written by Kathryn Jackson and illustrated by Gustaf Tenggren

  • Charlotte’s Web Novel Study Analysis

    Charlotte's Web Cover

    At almost 32,000 words, Charlotte’s Web (1952, 1963) is a middle grade novel rather than a chapter book. This is a story with many  hidden depths, which appeals to middle grade kids as well as their adult co-readers. Below I’ll be getting into how this story appeals to both children and adults, the themes of […]

  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find by Flannery O’Connor Short Story Analysis

    rolling hills with sunset

    “A Good Man Is Hard To Find” is a well-known short story by American writer Flannery O’Connor, published 1953. So much has already been said about this story — I will look into its structure from a plotting point of view. It’s also about time I read this story. Without reading Flannery O’Connor’s most famous […]

  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe Storytelling


    So much has been said about Narnia already. Can I add a single thing to the corpus by blogging about storytelling techniques in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe? Probably not, but my 10-year-old is studying this novel at school. She’s home sick today. I know the rest of her class is watching the […]

  • The Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown

    The Sailor Dog cover

    The Sailor Dog by Margaret Wise Brown is a Little Golden Book classic, first published 1953. After the success of Mister Dog, Wise Brown and Garth Williams were paired by the publisher the following year. The Sailor Dog is basically a Robinsonnade for the preschool set. The Robinsonnade is an adventure story which takes place […]

  • Mister Dog by Margaret Wise Brown and Garth Williams Analysis

    Mr Dog cover

    Mister Dog, written by Margaret Wise Brown, was first published by Little Golden Books in 1952. This was the last book published in Wise Brown’s lifetime before she died age 42. Garth Brown illustrated the text in his distinctive Garth Brown style. The story is about a dog with the stand-out gag that he ‘belongs […]

  • The Last Question by Isaac Asimov

    the last question

    “The Last Question” by Isaac Asimov is a science fiction short story first published in 1956. The ideas are even more relevant today than they were back in the 1950s. Isaac Asimov was an ideas man. I generally find his work hard to read because I read for character first. Asimov worked the other way […]