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Natalie Babbitt
Levy, Michael M.
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Publication Information:
Boston : Twayne Publishers, 1991.
Physical Description:
137 pages ; 23 cm.
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PS3552.A1735 Z78 1991 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Author Notes

Michael Levy was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 5, 1950. He received a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Illinois in 1972, a master's degree in English from Ohio State University in 1974, and a PhD in English from the University of Minnesota in 1982. He began teaching literature at the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1980 and remained there his entire academic career. His focus was on science fiction and fantasy.

He wrote reviews for Publishers Weekly and The New York Review of Science Fiction. He was also an editor for the journal Extrapolation. He was the author or co-author of Natalie Babbit, Portrayal of South East Asian Refugees in Recent American Children's Books, and Children's Fantasy Literature: An Introduction. He died from cancer on April 3, 2017 at the age of 66.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Choice Review

This biography evaluates Natalie Babbitt's works in chronological order, minimizing biographical facts and anecdotes explaining a writer's personality and process, and concentrating on a critical analysis of works. It places Babbitt in the tradition of pastoral fantasy, with settings isolated in our world and scaled to a small canvas. Levy's book starts with Babbitt's early life as a history of moving and then focuses on her literature. Plot summaries are generous to assist the uninformed. Tuck Everlasting (1975) is the recognized masterpiece. Values and themes are explored on a book-by-book basis. Levy's short biography is easily comprehensive because Babbitt is not a prolific writer, nor does she plan to continue to write after her husband's retirement, unless she finds a compelling idea. Levy has included chronology, notes and references, and a selected bibliography conveniently divided into primary and secondary works. For libraries serving children's literature and elementary education programs. -H. F. Stein, Spoon River College