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Katharine Sergeant White


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Katharine Sergeant Angell White (September 17, 1892 – July 20, 1977) was a writer and the fiction editor for The New Yorker magazine from 1925 to 1960. In her obituary, printed in The New Yorker in 1977, William Shawn wrote that "More than any other editor except Harold Ross himself, Katharine White gave The New Yorker its shape, and set it on its course."

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  • With a few exceptions, the critics of children's books are remarkably lenient souls.... Most of us assume there is something good in every child; the critics go from this to assume there is something ...
    Katharine S. White (1892-1977), U.S. editor. As quoted in Onward and Upward, ch. 5, by Linda H. Davis (1986). Said in 1939. White reviewed childre...
  • ''We're buying this, but why do you sing the same sad songs all women sing?''
    Katharine S. White (1892-1977), U.S. editor and book reviewer. As quoted in Onward and Upward, Prologue, by Linda H. Davis (1986). White, Fiction ...
  • There are too many coy books full of talking animals, whimsical children, and condescending adults. (Some of the most famous animals in the world have talked, but they talked real talk and they weren'...
    Katharine S. White (1892-1977), U.S. editor. As quoted in Onward and Upward, ch. 5, by Linda H. Davis (1986). Said in 1935. White reviewed childre...
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