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Jerry Griswold
3 min readNov 30, 2016
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Jerry Griswold writes about children’s literature, American culture, travel, movies, and other topics. He is the author of seven books, including the prize-winning Audacious Kids: The Classic American Children’s Story, The Meanings of “Beauty and the Beast,” and Feeling Like a Kid: Childhood and Children’s Literature. Griswold is also a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times Book Review, and most recently the Washington Post. He has published several hundred essays in the national press (Paris Review, The Nation, New Republic, and elsewhere).

For many years, Griswold was a professor of literature at San Diego State University and Director of the National Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. On occasion, he was a visiting professor at UCLA and UCSD (the University of California, Los Angeles and San Diego), the University of Connecticut, and (for one hilarious year) the National University of Ireland in Galway. He has won a number of awards (including NEH, Fulbright, and ACLS fellowships) and lectured all over the globe (from Seoul to Salamanca to São Paolo).

This site on features a lot of my new writing but also gathers short essays on different subjects that have appeared over the years in various publications. Several hundred appear here. If you like, you can “follow” this blog by clicking the link at the top of this page. To sample this blog, please find below a list of what are currently (May 10, 2019) the ten most popular posts among readers (the highest is #1): Click on any you would like to view.

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Jerry Griswold

Writer/critic/professor/journalist: children’s literature, culture, film, travel. Seven books, 100's of essays in NY&LA Times.