Monday, October 21, 2013

Author Bio: Alvin Schwartz

This week, we're reading a book by Alvin Schwartz. (Not the one who worked on Superman and Batman comics... the children's author.)

After service in the Navy, a bachelor's from Colby College and master's from Northwestern University, Schwartz was a reporter for the Binghamton Press in the early 1950s. He then published a series of books on folklore and wordplay for children.

He is best known for the series from which this week's review book comes, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, probably in part due to the original illustrations (which you will hear far more about on Thursday) by Stephen Gammell, and in part due to the book's place on the list of frequently banned/challenged books.

Schwartz also wrote When I Grew up Long Ago, which was for an older audience than his other fare, and described American life in the late 18th and early 19th century.

Schwartz died in March 1992 in Princeton, NJ.

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