Women in (Literary) History

Throughout time, women have overcome countless barriers to rise up and make their mark on humanity. March is Women’s History Month, and today is International Women’s Day, and Bas Bleu could think of no better way to celebrate than by recognizing nine of the myriad of women whose writings have impacted the world. Some names are probably familiar, while others may be new to you, but all of these women wrote works that influenced the course of history—literary or otherwise. Continue reading

Mary Stewart

Mary StewartThere are only a handful of novelists whose books earn an immediate spot on Bas Bleu’s “must read, must carry” shelf, and Mary Stewart is one of them. Longtime readers of our catalog know her books well, and though the publicity-shy author was always content to let her work speak for itself, we thought you might like to know a little bit more about the woman “whose stylish, educated novels…charmed two generations of postwar readers and launched a whole new strand of modern popular writing: romantic suspense.” Continue reading

Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret_Wise_BrownOn page nine of our Summer 2014 catalog you’ll find Goodnight Songs, a collection of long-lost lullabies penned by popular children’s author Margaret Wise Brown. Her books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny are classics cherished by millions of readers, but the story behind Goodnight Songs may be the beloved writer’s most extraordinary.

A Literary Pioneer
Born in Brooklyn in 1910, Margaret Wise Brown didn’t set out to become a bestselling children’s author. In fact, she never expressed much affection for children at all, telling Life magazine,“I won’t let anybody get away with anything just because he is little.” Continue reading

Edward Gorey

edwardgoreyBy now you’ve probably noticed that Edward Gorey’s name pops up frequently in the Bas Bleu catalog. We are, obviously, fans. But just in case your knowledge of the man is limited to the items you see in our pages, we thought we’d share a brief biography of the author/illustrator whose work was hailed by New Yorker literary critic Edmund Wilson as “equally amusing and sombre, nostalgic at the same time as claustrophobic, at the same time poetic and poisoned.” Continue reading

Stars in Our Eyes

VirginiaWoolfIf, as a kid, you were anything like us, chances are good that you wrote at least one effusive fan letter, a heartfelt missive brimming with admiration for your favorite actor, pop star, baseball player, or Mouseketeer. Now that we’re all grown up, we’re certainly not immune to the occasional celebrity crush. But here at Bas Bleu, writers are the superstars who make us go weak at the knees. Continue reading