Janet Adam Smith


Janet Adam Smith (1905–1999) was a Scottish writer and critic. Educated at Oxford, she worked as an editor at a number of literary publications, including The Listener, The Criterion and New Statesman. She also edited the Faber Book of Modern Verse and its companion volume, the Faber Book of Children’s Verse. An accomplished mountaineer, Smith wrote about her adventures in Mountain Holidays; her other books include Life Among the Scots and John Buchnan and His World.

  • The Real RLS

    March 3, 1994

    Dreams of Exile: Robert Louis Stevenson, A Biography by Ian Bell

  • Yrs. Aff. Beatrix Potter

    May 28, 1992

    Letters to Children from Beatrix Potter Collected and introduced by Judy Taylor

    Letters to Children by Beatrix Potter, foreword by Philip Hofer

  • Hard Times

    June 27, 1991

    The Diaries of Hans Christian Andersen selected and translated by Patricia L. Conroy, by Sven H. Rossel

    The Kiss of the Snow Queen: Hans Christian Andersen and Man’s Redemption by Woman by Wolfgang Lederer

  • Rackhamland

    December 20, 1990

    Arthur Rackham: A Biography by James Hamilton

  • Poohdom

    September 27, 1990

    A.A. Milne: The Man Behind Winnie-the-Pooh by Ann Thwaite

  • Life After Squirrel Nutkin

    June 14, 1990

    Beatrix Potter’s Letters selected by Judy Taylor

    The Journal of Beatrix Potter, 1881–1897 transcribed from her code writings by Leslie Linder, foreword by Judy Taylor

  • Unchildish Activities

    April 26, 1990

    Don’t Tell the Grown-ups: Subversive Children’s Literature by Alison Lurie

  • Not So Grimm

    November 24, 1988

    Dear Mili: An Old Tale by Wilhelm Grimm, translated by Ralph Manheim, pictures by Maurice Sendak

  • Cleaning Up Snow White

    December 3, 1987

    Grimms’ Bad Girls and Bold Boys: The Moral and Social Vision of the Tales by Ruth B. Bottigheimer

    The Hard Facts of the Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Maria Tatar

  • Big Little Books

    June 27, 1985

    Secret Gardens: A Study of the Golden Age of Children’s Literature by Humphrey Carpenter

  • Great Scot

    April 1, 1976

    Cockburn’s Millennium by Karl Miller

  • Exodus

    April 18, 1974

    Watership Down by Richard Adams

  • Does Frodo Live?

    December 14, 1972

    Master of Middle-earth: The Fiction of J. R. R. Tolkien by Paul H. Kocher

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings, Vol. I: The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings, Vol. II: The Two Towers by J.R.R. Tolkien

    The Lord of the Rings, Vol. III: The Return of the King by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • The Great God Wish

    December 2, 1971

    Paths through the Forest: A Biography of the Brothers Grimm by Murray B. Peppard

    Transformations by Anne Sexton

    About Wise Men and Simpletons: Twelve Tales from Grimm translated by Elizabeth Shub

    Friend Monkey by P.L. Travers

    A Game of Dark by William Mayne

    The Third Road by Martha Bacon

    Squib by Nina Bawden

    Innocent Grove by Geoffrey Wagner

    The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

    Children and Fiction by Wallace Hildick

    Bear Circus by William Pène du Bois

    The Beast of Monsieur Racine by Tomi Ungerer

    How the Mouse Was Hit on the Head by a Stone and so Discovered the World by Etienne Delessert

    The Slightly Irregular Fire Engine by Donald Barthelme

    Tooni the Elephant Boy by Astrid Bergman Sucksdorff

    One Misty Moisty Morning: Rhymes from Mother Goose pictures by Mitchell Miller

  • Inscapist

    December 15, 1966

    The Journal of Beatrix Potter from 1881 to 1897 transcribed from her code writing by Leslie Linder

  • Engines of Mischief: The Best Children’s Books of 1964

    December 3, 1964

    Wally the Wordworm by Clifton Fadiman

    The Untold Adventures of Santa Claus by Ogden Nash

    How to Catch a Crocodile by Robert Pack

    How the Whale Became by Ted Hughes

    Squawky by Stephen Potter

    Tom and Tabby by John Symonds

    Elisabeth the Cow Ghost by William Pène du Bois

    The Young Man Who Wouldn’t Hoe Corn by Eric von Schmidt

    The King Who Loved Candy by Peter Hughes

    Meeting with a Stranger by Duane Bradley

    The Takula Tree by Elizabeth P. Fleming

    Children of Africa by Louise A. Stinetorf

    The Letter on the Tree by Natalie Savage Carlson

    A Day Without Wind by William Mayne

    The Coriander by Eilis Dillon

    The Alley by Eleanor Estes

    Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh

    I Go by Sea, I Go by Land by P.L. Travers

    Knights Beseiged by Nancy Faulkner

    Save the Khan by B. Bartos-Höppner

    The Burning of Njal by Henry Treece

    The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

    To Catch a Spy by Amelia Elizabeth Walden