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Perhaps more important, she learned what her patrons were reading. During her time at the library, she also witnessed the evolution of young-adult fiction, a category publishers created in the mid-twentieth century. ” In the nineteenth century, the distinction between teens and adults was far less clear than it is today. In the 1800s, children went to work in farms and factories when they reached their teens and were treated as adults. Only the children of the wealthy and a few lucky ones who excelled in school continued their education past the eighth grade.

Hitler’s army at first annexed territories Hitler believed that rightly belonged to Germany. Finally, after Hitler’s army invaded Poland in September 1939, the Allied nations of England and France declared war on Hitler. In a single day—May 10, 1940—Hitler’s lightning war crushed the opposing armies of Belgium, France, and Holland. While the first two countries endured everything from savaged Jewish temples to immediate military rule under puppet governments, Hitler treated the non-Jewish Dutch citizens of Holland quite differently.

By 1940, Norton may have been wondering if she would share the author’s fate as well. Although Margaret Mitchell lived for more than a decade after Gone With The Wind’s publication, she never wrote another novel. In his book On Writing, prolific author Stephen King discussed authors who wrote only one or two novels. “I always wonder two things about these folks: how long did it take them 45 46 Andre Norton to write the books they did write, and what did they do the rest of the time? Knit afghans?

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