The Joy of the Court, Retold by Constance Hieatt ’46? Illustrated by Pauline Baynes. Constance Hieatt, a Medieval scholar, sought to make the tales of King Arthur accessible to the young. The Joy of the Courtis filled with the magic, whimsy, adventure, valiance and love that we associate with King Arthur and his knights. This is the tale of Erec and Enid as they try to map a course, balancing knightly valor with domestic love. Young readers will enter an enchanted world of spells and honor where nobody says goodbye. Rather they “bid farewell.” Enid seems to be a most obedient and subservient wife, and certainly this is a world of docile women. In this milieu, her bravery is even more remarkable.
Sep 2, 2019
What’s it For? by Henry Humphrey ’49. I was surprised to find that the urban contraptions explained in this book are still mostly quite familiar even though the book is fifty years old. Manhole covers, standpipes, and grates still look pretty much the same. The gizmo where you put your change when you board the bus Is a thing of the past, and I suspect that night depositories have been rendered obsolete by ATMs. Still, the idea of engaging the curiosity of the young about objects they see every day is charming and timeless. I would still show this book to young children and ask if they wonder about the function of anything else.