Goodenough Gismo

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    This is the classic children's book, Goodenough Gismo, by Richmond I. Kelsey, published in 1948. Nearly unavailable in libraries and the collector's market, it is posted here with love as an "orphan work" so that it may be seen and appreciated -- and perhaps even republished, as it deserves to be. After you read this book, it won't surprise you to learn that Richmond Irwin Kelsey (1905-1987) was an accomplished artist, or that as Dick Kelsey, he was one of the great Disney art directors, breaking your heart with "Pinocchio," "Dumbo," and "Bambi."

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Richard Lawrence Cohen

I sent this reply to the person who emailed the story to you and me:

"I don't understand why the rejection didn't go to the agent just as a check would have. Agents send manuscripts to publishers in boxes with the agency's address and logo on them, not the author's. (And agented scripts get rejected summarily just as unagented ones do, though usually a bit more politely.) And it would have gone to DAW with a cover letter from the agent, not from the author. Oh well, strange things happen."


It just seemed symptomatic, though perhaps not representative, of the state of publishing today.

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