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Louise Fitzhugh (1928–1974)

Autore di Professione? Spia!

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Opere di Louise Fitzhugh

Professione? Spia! (1964) — Autore — 7,065 copie
The Long Secret (1965) 922 copie
Sport (1979) — Autore; Immagine di copertina, alcune edizioni375 copie
Harriet Spies Again (2002) 223 copie
Bang Bang You're Dead (1968) 28 copie
I Am Four (1982) 9 copie
I Am Three (1982) 9 copie
I Am Five (1852) 6 copie

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Informazioni generali

Data di nascita
Data di morte
Nazione (per mappa)
Luogo di nascita
Memphis, Tennessee, USA
Luogo di morte
New Milford, Connecticut, USA (Hospital)
Causa della morte
brain aneurysm
Luogo di residenza
Memphis, Tennessee, USA (Birth)
New York, New York, USA
Long Island, New York, USA
Bridgewater, Connecticut, USA
New Milford, Connecticut, USA (Death)
Bard College
Art Students League
Cooper Union
Attività lavorative
children's book author
Premi e riconoscimenti
New York Times Outstanding Books of the year (1964)
Sequoyah award (1967)
Breve biografia
Louise Fitzhugh was born to a wealthy and prominent family in Memphis, Tennessee. She began writing and drawing as a child. She attended Miss Hutchison's School and three different universities in the U.S., as well as a couple in Italy and France. She lived most of her adult life in New York City, where she studied at the Art Students League and Cooper Union. Louise was a successful visual artist and illustrator before becoming a children's book author, the work for which she is best remembered.
Her book Harriet the Spy, published in 1964, was a groundbreaking novel featuring a rude, inquisitive young heroine who was also extremely funny. The book was an instant hit and paved the way for other writers like Judy Blume to show contemporary children grappling with previously unmentionable problems. Harriet the Spy is a classic that is never out of print and continues to be loved by and entertain young readers.

Awards for her work included a New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award, an American Library Association Notable Book citation, and a New York Times Choice of Best Illustrated Books of the Year.
Louise died in 1974 at the age of 46. Her novel Nobody's Family Is Going to Change (1974) was adapted into a Tony-nominated musical called The Tap Dance Kid in 1983.



Harriet wants to be a writer. To practice, Harriet writes down everything about everyone. To be a writer, Harriet became a spy. Carrying around spy tools and writing supplies on a belt while going on spy routes around the neighborhood. Always carrying a notebook, with thoughts on everyone. Harriet is a spy, but is also learning what it is to be a spy. A spy is not supposed to get caught. For Harriet, it was worse than getting caught, as the notebook was misplaced and was picked up by a classmate who then started to read the content to everyone. The content containing many details that the classmates did not want to hear about themselves. This created discord and friction even among Harriet’s friends, which brings with it an understanding of the value of friendship.

This is a book about negotiation skills, and emotional turmoil. Teaching not only how to be a spy, but also how to treat others. Teaching how to belong to a community.

This book does not make light of emotional turmoil. Which makes the book very difficult emotionally. But bringing with it an understanding on how to manage emotions.
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Eugene_Kernes | 121 altre recensioni | Jun 4, 2024 |
A counterculture children's novel that may be an acquired taste for some, like, for example, the Catcher in the Rye, but nonetheless unique and potentially avant-garde for its time. Its rebellious kookiness fits in perfectly with the estranged youth of the 60s, paving the way for kaleidoscopic Beatlemania, and Harriet's cocky stride on the iconic cover is the perfect bookend to Abbey Road. I didn't enjoy this novel much at first and thought its humour tasteless and crude, but when everything started to unravel about halfway through, after Harriet loses her notebook, I was forced to reassess my initial opinion. You don't really know the real Harriet till she hits rock bottom, and then you get to see just how emotionally blunted she has become as a result of her buried intelligence. Without a facet through which to express herself, Harriet becomes nothing but a vegetable (literally, an onion), and it takes Ole Golly's alternative methods to bring her back to herself.… (altro)
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