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Andrews, Terry (1929-1989)  
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Upon its publication and subsequent reprint, Terry Andrews was identified only as "the pseudonym of a well-known author of children's books who lives in New York City." The elusive author of The Story of Harold, it has recently been revealed, is George Selden Thompson, who under the pseudonym George Selden was indeed a very successful author of children's books, winning a Newbery Honor Award for his most celebrated story, The Cricket in Times Square (1961). Selden's cricket, which was also featured in several sequels, bears obvious resemblances to Andrews' Harold.

Thompson was born in Hartford, Connecticut on May 14, 1929 and educated at Loomis School and Yale University, where he studied English and classical literature. Although he travelled to Europe periodically, he spent most of his life in New York. He died on December 5, 1989.

Thompson once observed that "It is difficult to write about one's self. I would much rather write about small animals--good and bad--small children--good and bad--than about a middle-aging author." But what teases one out of thought is the idea that in The Story of Harold Thompson made of the life of "a middle-aging author" a lasting contribution to glbtq literature.

Claude J. Summers

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White, Edmund. "The Story of Harold." Lost Classics: Writers on Books Loved and Lost, Overlooked, Under-read, Unavailable, Stolen, Extinct, or Otherwise Out of Commission. Michael Ondaatje, Michael Redhill, Esta Spalding, and Linda Spalding, eds. London: Bloomsbury, 2000.


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    Author: Summers, Claude J.  
    Entry Title: Andrews, Terry  
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    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
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