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The Henrietta Hochschild Collection of Children's Books

The Henrietta Hochschild Collection of Children's Books numbers over 1,000 books, magazines, and ephemeral pieces documenting the evolution of children's literature. Among the items in the collection are a Buck Rogers illustrated pop-up edition, several works by the 19th-century creator of movable picture books, Lothar Meggendorfer, and a stunning advance copy of Maxfield Parrish's Knave of Hearts, published in 1925.
The collection is used by researchers interested in the formative influence that fairy stories, fantasy, and other popular works have had on the literary, social, and moral development of grown-ups, especially the imagination of poets, fiction writers, and artists. Students of book history and its attendant specializations -- design, illustration, the interplay of text and image -- will also find the collection a valuable resource.

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Henrietta Hochschild, 1998.

Henrietta Hochschild was a St. Louis educator and reading specialist who created teaching tools for children. A long-time collector of children's books, she donated a choice selection from her library to Washington University in 1986. In 1989, designated as Year of the Young Reader, the university honored Hochschild by installing an exhibition of works from her collection and hosting two lectures on children's literature by Roger Sale, professor of English at the University of Washington in Seattle and a children's literature specialist.

Retrieve a list of books in the Hochschild Collection from the library catalog.

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Buck Rogers: 25th century, featuring Buddy and Allura in "Strange Adventures in the Spider Ship" (Chicago: Pleasure Books, c1935).

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Curious Creatures: a new movable toy book of all kinds of animals. By Lothar Meggendorfer (London: H. Grevel & Co., [n.d.]).

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The knave of hearts. By Louise Saunders, with pictures by Maxfield Parrish (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1925). Advance copy.

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