Katherine Paterson Biography

Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

One of the most respected contemporary authors of young adult literature, Katherine Paterson was born Katherine Womeldorf on October 31,...

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Katherine Paterson Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Catherine Paterson was born October 31, 1932, in Qing Jiang, China to George Raymond and Mary Goetchius Womeldorf, Presbyterian missionaries....

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Katherine Paterson Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson was born on October 31, 1932, in Tsing- Tsiang pu, China, where her parents were missionaries. She came to the...

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Katherine Paterson Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson was born on October 31, 1932, in Tsing-Tsiang pu, China, to Southern Presbyterian missionaries. World War II...

(The entire section is 310 words.)

Katherine Paterson Biography (Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Katherine Womeldorf Paterson was born on October 31, 1932, in Tsing- Tsiang pu, China, where her parents were missionaries. World War II...

(The entire section is 233 words.)

Katherine Paterson Biography (Critical Guide to Censorship and Literature)

In December 1992, a parent of a fifth grader in Kansas objected to Katherine Paterson’s Bridge to Terabithia (1977) for its language and its portrayal of a nontraditional family. The novel was withdrawn from classrooms. This book has also been challenged in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas, and California, and it has appeared several times on the list of the ten most banned books in the United States. Other objections have centered on its portrayal of alleged “New Age” religion, disrespect for authority, theological treatment of death, and negative portrayals of Christianity. Another book, The Great Gilly Hopkins (1978), has been challenged in schools in North Carolina, Connecticut, and Texas for its use of profanity, obscenities, and derogatory remarks about God.

In an interview about censorship challenges to Bridge to Terabithia, Paterson noted, “As the daughter of missionaries, as a missionary myself, and as a minister’s wife, I care deeply about the moral lives of children.” Paterson believes that books are uniquely suited to develop children’s inner strength and argues that censorship of children’s books leads to children’s “intellectual and spiritual poverty.”