How Golden Books Won Children's Hearts, Changed Publishing Forever, and Became an American Icon Along the Way
Author: Leonard S. Marcus
Publisher: Golden Books
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
a Presents a history of Golden Books, discussing how it was founded in the mist of World War II providing quality books at inexpensive prices and used innovative writers and marketing techniques to establish itself as a highly successful publishing firm.
Walt Disney once wisely said, "There is more treasure in books than in all pirates' loot on Treasure Island and at the bottom of the Spanish Main . . . and best of all, you can enjoy these riches every day of your life." No doubt Walt was referring to the intangible wealth of opportunities for learning and imagining inherent in the act of reading, but when one considers the vibrant art and gilded spines of the Disney Golden Books, Walt's pronouncement takes on a parallel meaning. For perhaps no other children's books are as cherished and collected-as though they were doubloons and jewels-than the Disney Golden Books. The history of these books began in 1933, when the president of Whitman Publishing wrote a letter to Walt Disney. Whitman had already published compilations of the "Dick Tracy" and "Little Orphan Annie" comic strips, and these Big Little Books had met with great success. The publisher proposed a similar collection of the "Mickey Mouse" comic strips, and offered a royalty of one-half percent per book. Walt agreed, and a new era in Disney publishing commenced. A remarkable lineup of talent, many of whom were Disney Studio artists- including Mary Blair, Alice and Martin Provensen, Gustaf Tenggren, Al Dempster, Retta Scott Worcester, and Bill Peet-created the illustrations for the early Disney Golden Books. The bold and incredibly detailed artwork was painstakingly executed in gouache and watercolor-media that required a steady hand and immense patience and precision. The resulting publications became favorite selections in the libraries of many children, among them, future generations of Disney and Pixar artists who were inspired to draw, dream, and later, create their own films and Golden Books. The Art of the Disney Golden Books celebrates a legacy that has now thrived for more than eighty years and continues to influence new generations of artists and filmmakers. Through interviews with contemporary animators who recall tracing the characters in their childhood Disney Golden Books, paintings by artists who influenced and inspired the Disney Golden Book illustrations, and a generous complement of Golden Book artwork-much of which was thought to have been lost until very recently-the rich tradition of the series is explored in this vibrant volume. From Peter Pan and Cinderella to Toy Story and Tangled, the Disney Golden Books are displayed in all their glory, evoking a poignant sense of wonder and nostalgia. For as long as parents and children partake in the ritual of reading together at bedtime, the Disney Golden Books will continue to be published, enjoyed, and treasured.
"Italian Literature before 1900 in English Translation provides the most complete record possible of texts from the early periods that have been translated into English, and published between 1929 and 2008. It lists works from all genres and subjects, and includes translations wherever they have appeared across the globe. In this annotated bibliography, Robin Healey covers over 5,200 distinct editions of pre-1900 Italian writings. Most entries are accompanied by useful notes providing information on authors, works, translators, and how the translations were received. Among the works by over 1,500 authors represented in this volume are hundreds of editions by Italy's most translated authors - Dante Alighieri, [Niccoláo] Machiavelli, and [Giovanni] Boccaccio - and other hundreds which represent the author's only English translation. A significant number of entries describe works originally published in Latin. Together with Healey's Twentieth-Century Italian Literature in English Translation, this volume makes comprehensive information on translations accessible for schools, libraries, and those interested in comparative literature."--Pub. desc.
This volume of essays derives from a memorable interdisciplinary symposium. At issue were various fundamental questions about the nature of Dutch sixteenth-and seventeenth-century society that fall under three broad categories: civic culture, art, and religion. The fourteen papers presented in this volume offer a number of fascinating insights into these and other questions that, taken together, greatly enrich our perception and understanding of this rich and varied society.
The American Commercial Community at Canton and the Shaping of American China Policy, 1784–1844
Author: Jacques M. Downs
Publisher: Hong Kong University Press
Before the opening of the treaty ports in the 1840s, Canton was the only Chinese port where foreign merchants were allowed to trade. The Golden Ghetto takes us into the world of one of this city’s most important foreign communities—the Americans—during the decades between the American Revolution of 1776 and the signing of the Sino-US Treaty of Wanghia in 1844. American merchants lived in isolation from Chinese society in sybaritic, albeit usually celibate luxury. Making use of exhaustive research, Downs provides an especially clear explanation of the Canton commercial setting generally and of the role of American merchants. Many of these men made fortunes and returned home to become important figures in the rapidly developing United States. The book devotes particular attention to the biographical details of the principal American traders, the leading American firms, and their operations in Canton and the United States. Opium smuggling receives especial emphasis, as does the important topic of early diplomatic relations between the United States and China. Since its first publication in 1997, The Golden Ghettohas been recognized as the leading work on Americans trading at Canton. Long out of print, this new edition makes this key work again available, both to scholars and a wider readership. “The fullest exposition on the subject thus far and as the final word on extant, previously untapped, English-language sources.” — Eileen Scully, in The China Quarterly
"The need for realism in reform of its monetary system is whatmakes Bernstein’s story of the Power of Gold so timely. It isa compelling reminder that maintaining a fixed price for gold andfixed exchange rates were difficult even in a simpler financialenvironment….Peter Bernstein was reluctant to project thestory of gold into the future. But to me his message was clear.Yes, gold will be with us, valued not only for its intrinsicqualities but as a last refuge and store of value in turbulenttimes. But its days as money, as a means of payment and a fixedunit of account are gone." —From the New Foreword by Paul Volcker This bestselling book reveals a record of human nature in theubiquity of gold with a new foreword by Paul Volcker In this exciting book, the late Peter L. Bernstein tells thestory of history's most coveted, celebrated, and inglorious asset:gold. From the ancient fascinations of Moses and Midas through themodern convulsions caused by the gold standard and its aftermath,gold has led many of its most eager and proud possessors to a badend. And while the same cycle of obsession and desperation mayreverberate in today's fast-moving, electronically-driven markets,the role of gold in shaping human history is the striking featureof this tumultuous tale. Such is the power of gold. Whether it is Egyptian pharaohs with depraved tastes, theluxury-mad survivors of the Black Death, the Chinese inventor ofpaper money, the pirates on the Spanish Main, or the hardnosedbelievers in the international gold standard, gold has been thesupreme possession. It has been an icon for greed and an emblem ofrectitude, as well as a vehicle for vanity and a badge of powerthat has shaped the destiny of humanity through the ages. Discusses the beginnings of gold as something with magical,religious, and artistic qualities and follows its trail as weprogress to the invention of coinage, the transformation of goldinto money, and the gold standard Other bestselling books by the late Peter Bernstein: Againstthe Gods, Capital Ideas, and Capital IdeasEvolving Contemplates gold from the diverse perspectives of monarchs andmoneyers, potentates and politicians, men of legendary wealth andothers of more plebeian beginnings Far more than a tale of romantic myths, daring explorations, andthe history of money and power struggles, The Power of Goldsuggests that the true significance of this infamous element maylie in the timeless passions it continues to evoke, and what thisreveals about ourselves.