„The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, livro The Premature Burial

"The Premature Burial" (1844).

Última atualização 22 de Maio de 2020. História
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Escritor, poeta e crítico americano 1809 - 1849

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Contexto: I never wrote my books especially for children. … When I sat down to write Mary Poppins or any of the other books, I did not know children would read them. I’m sure there must be a field of “children’s literature” — I hear about it so often — but sometimes I wonder if it isn’t a label created by publishers and booksellers who also have the impossible presumption to put on books such notes as “from five to seven” or “from nine to twelve.” How can they know when a book will appeal to such and such an age?
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