John Rowe Townsend
John Rowe Townsend (22 May 1922 – 24 March 2014) was a British children's writer and children's literature scholar. His best-known children's novel is The Intruder, which won a 1971 Edgar Award, and his best-known academic work is Written for Children: An Outline of English Language Children's Literature (1965), the definitive work of its time on the subject.
Townsend was born in Leeds and educated at Leeds Grammar School and Emmanuel College, Cambridge. His popular works include Gumble's Yard, his debut novel published in 1961; Widdershins Crescent (1965); and The Intruder (1969), which won the 1971 Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America. In Britain, The Intruder was adapted as a children's TV series starring Milton Johns as the stranger.
- Gumble's Yard (1961)
- Hell's Edge (1963)
- Widdershins Crescent (1965)
- Written for Children – an Outline of English Children's Literature (1965)
- The Hallersage Sound (1966)
- Pirate's Island (1968)
- The Intruder (1969)
- Trouble in the Jungle (1969)
- Goodbye to Gumble's Yard (1970)
- A Sense of Story (1971) (Republished as A Sounding of Storytellers (1979)
- The Summer People (1972)
- Wish for Wings (1972)
- Good-night, Prof, Love (1973)
- Forest of the Night (1974)
- Noah's Castle (1975)
- Top of the World (1976)
- The Xanadu Manuscript – aka The Visitors (1977)
- Runaways (1979)
- A Sounding of Storytellers (1979)
- The Creatures - aka King Creature, Come (1980)
- The Fortunate Isles (1981)
- The Islanders (1981)
- Kate and the Revolution (1982)
- A Foreign Affair (1982)
- Clever Dick: The Diary of a Dreadful Child (1982)
- Dan Alone (1983)
- Cloudy-Bright (1984)
- Fame and Fortune (1984)
- Gone to the Dogs (1984)
- Tom Tiddler's Ground (1985)
- The Persuading Stick (1986)
- Downstream (1987)
- Rob's Place (1987)
- The Hidden Treasure (1988)
- The Golden Journey (1989)
- Cranford Revisited (1989)
- Cheer and Groan (1989)
- The Invaders (1992)
- Sam and Jenny (1992)
- "Written for Children (1965): ...". Fantastic Fiction (fantasticfiction.co.uk). Retrieved 2014-03-27.
Without change in title date (1965), the text concerns a "revised and updated edition", probably that of May 1996, perhaps with 2003 postscript ("Edition: 6 Sub" at Amazon).
- Hunt, Peter (1990). An Introduction to Children's Literature. Routledge. p. 57.
- Sutton, Roger (26 March 2014). "John Rowe Townsend". The Horn Book (hbook.com). Retrieved 2014-03-27.
- Stephanie Nettell. "John Rowe Townsend obituary". theguardian.com. Retrieved 2014-04-02.
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