Richard Peck Biography - Essay


(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

If we "YA" authors hang on and hang in, one of these days we'll find ourselves writing for the Second Generation—for the offspring of parents who grew up reading Judy Blume and Paul Zindel and S. E. Hinton. (p. 440)

The themes that last will surely be rephrased in future volumes. I can only assume that the enduring ones will have nothing to do with the sexual revolution, the drug culture, and racial politics. The young now and in the future are not going to be able to solve these problems. It's a sickness from the '60s that we ever expected them to. They're going to continue to draw back from such problems in search of smaller, safer worlds. Possibly the writers' challenge will be to write...

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