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Michael Dirda's round-up of the best American fiction in this article dated 1 June 1997 names Russell Hoban: 'at his best he is the finest all-round writer in the world: author of brilliant picture books (about Frances the Badger and Captain Najork); of a wistful, Beckett-like parable for middle readers, The Mouse and His Child; and of the inspired Riddley Walker, a post-nuclear holocaust Huckleberry Finn, told in fractured English, largely about spiritual regeneration. Like this last's youthful hero, Hoban remains at heart a "connection man," looking for meaning beneath the surfaces of life.'
On the 4th, just as I was preparing to leave home for work, my boss called. He was using the last of the coffee beans at the office and since our office, like many, cannot function without a steady supply of caffeine, he asked me to swing by Metropolis and pick up a couple more pounds. Metropolis is our coffee purveyor of choice and since their cafe http://www.metropoliscoffee.com/cafe/ is not far from my apartment so I am often called upon to perform this critical operational task for the greater good.
Swamped with end-of-term chores as always at this time of year, I nevertheless enjoyed doing a bit of "fork-you-ating" in the morning. This time my quotations went to a few colleagues at my school who had been in a reading group with me last year and who were game when I invited them to read and discuss Riddley Walker with me. Mind you, they weren't English teachers but teachers of German, French, Italian, Latin and History! Some received a quotation from the book we'd read together, others were given a quotation from The Mouse and His Child, which I love very much too.
Exclusive! Poet and writer James Carter shares a wonderful interview with Russell Hoban from 1995, about films, musical and literary influences, The Mouse and His Child, Turtle Diary, his early career as an illustrator, creativity tips and more.
A transcription of a talk by Russell Hoban given to the 1970 Exeter conference on children's literature, published in the journal "Children's Literature in Education" (March 1971, Volume 2, Issue 1, pp 5-23). The first two pages are available free via the link; payment or an existing subscription is required to read the full article. Includes extracts from the incomplete/unpublished sequel to The Mouse and His Child, "The Return of Manny Rat". Some elements of the article are reminiscent of those from essays in "The Moment under The Moment". Hoban prefaces this piece "This article is dedicated to my friend, Harvey Cushman, who died in London in 1966."
Full version of The Mouse and His Child 1977 animated film based on the 1967 Russell Hoban novel by the same name. Voice actors include Peter Ustinov, Cloris Leachman, Sally Kellerman, Andy Devine, Alan Barzman, and Marcy Swenson as the Child. Directed by Charles Swenson & Fred Wolf.
In 2013, writer and journalist Paul Cooper was given the enviable task of cataloguing Russell Hoban's manuscripts. In this fascinating article written especially for russellhoban.org, he recalls some of his discoveries.
My 107 students in various classes are all reading Hoban this semester. I handed out these quotes to everyone, asking that they place them wherever they like here in San Diego. So I have no pictures but am quite sure the quotes were left in a wonderous assortment of places.
Both quotations were included on one sheet of paper with the following header: