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“There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book…”*


From toekneesan, a Flickr set of nearly 500 photos of children’s book covers

They span from the very beginning of the Twentieth Century, with the majority being mid-century, with a handful from the Eighties, and maybe two from the Nineties…

Browse at “Old Book Covers.”

*Philip Pullman


As we turn back the pages, we might spare a thought for Jacques Derrida; he died on this date in 2004.  A major figure in post-structuralism and postmodern philosophy, Derrida is best remembered for developing the form of semiotic analysis known as deconstruction.  His thinking was hugely impactful across many fields, especially in the humanities and social sciences:   anthropology, sociology, semiotics, jurisprudence, and literary theory.   Indeed, what is probably Derrida’s most-quoted assertion– “there is nothing outside the text” (il n’y a pas de hors-texte)– became the rallying cry of his friend Paul de Man, who led a relatively short-lived, but bloody “anti-theoretical” revolution in literary critical studies in the late Twentieth Century.




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October 9, 2013 at 1:01 am

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