May Massee and Marjorie Flack: A Classic Collaboration

By:
Dr. Jane Claes,
Dr. Maureen White
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American children’s book publishing entered a golden age early in the twentieth century. In 1922, Doubleday named May Massee as head of their first juvenile department. She left Doubleday in the early 1930s and started Viking Press’s first juvenile publishing division. Also, in the early 1930s editor May Massee began working with author, Marjorie Flack. Together these women created American picture book classics including "The Story of Ping," "Angus and the Ducks," and "Ask Mr. Bear," all of which remain in print. This study seeks to place May Massee and Marjorie Flack’s collaboration within the historical and literary framework of American twentieth century children’s publishing. The study focuses on their collaboration by analyzing the picture books they created. The major research question is what are the unique contributions, the impact, and the legacy of the May Massey/Marjorie Flack partnership?


Keywords: Children's Literature - Publishing, Children's Literature - History and Criticism, Picture Books for Children
Stream: Publishing
Presentation Type: 30 minute Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Jane Claes

Instructor, School Library & Information Science Program, University of Houston Clear Lake
Houston, Texas, USA

Jane Claes is a Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate and instructor in the School Library & Information Science program at University of Houston Clear Lake. She holds a B.F.A. in Broadcasting from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and a M.L.S. from Texas Woman’s University. With a background in commercial radio, Jane began her library career as a public relations and programming specialist at a public library in Ohio. After moving to Texas and receiving her M.L.S, she spent ten years as a public school librarian. Jane’s research interests include the history of children’s literature and publishing, children’s responses to literature, and book award programs and reading incentives. Currently a member of American Library Association’s Notable Recordings for Children Committee, she has also served on Notable Videos for Children Committee and the Texas Library Association’s Bluebonnet Reading Award Committee.

Dr. Maureen White

Associate Professor, School Library & Information Science Program, University of Houston - Clear Lake
Houston, Texas, USA

Maureen White is an associate professor in the School Library and Information Program in the School of Education, University of Houston-Clear Lake (UHCL), where she teaches children’s literature. She earned her Ph.D. in library science from Texas Woman’s University and was a school librarian for 16 years. Additionally, Dr. White has served on the 1996 Caldecott Award Committee, 1992 and 1998 Batchelder Award committees, the 1998-2000 Pura Belpré Committee, and 2001-2005 Notable Children’s Books Committee. Children’s books translated from other languages into English is her specific area of research. Dr. White won the 2003 President’s Distinguished Teaching Award at UHCL. She co-authored with Kathy Latrobe and Carolyn Brodie "The Children’s Literature Dictionary: Definitions, Resources, and Learning Activities."

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