Goodnight Moon author Margaret Wise Brown’s unpublished lullabies have been published in a new book.
Brooklyn-born writer Margaret Wise Brown is best known for her children’s book Goodnight Moon, a classic that’s inspired many parodies, including the delightful Goodnight Dune. She was only 42 when she died in 1952, leaving behind what Publishers Weekly’s Sally Lodge describes as “a treasure trove of unpublished manuscripts,” including a collection of lullabies that’s being published by Sterling Children’s Books this month.
Lodge writes that the songs/poems that comprise the book were discovered by Amy Gary, co-founder of the Alabama-based publisher WaterMark, who visited the home of Brown’s sister, Roberta Rauch, on the advice of several librarian friends (moral of the story: listen to your friends, especially when they’re librarians). Visiting Rauch in 1990, Gary wasn’t expecting to come across something that she’d be able to publish. “I asked Roberta if any of her sister’s unpublished manuscripts existed,” she told PW, “even though I assumed that if they had, someone would have already found and published them. But Rauch informed her that there was a trunk (a literal treasure chest!) in her barn attic with a collection of manuscripts, including the unpublished songs.
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Via: Melville House Books