What His Work May Say About the Person.
Among Dylan Ward’s numerous professional accomplishments, he graduated from Simmons College in 2003 with a Masters of Arts in Children’s Literature. Simmons is the first in the nation to offer a Masters-level program in children’s literature and has a reputation of being one of the premier institutions of higher learning in many disciplines. From the children’s literature program description the catalog states:
” To develop a critical vocabulary essential for appraising text and illustration, students apply a high level of scholarly analysis to children’s literature ranging from folklore and mythology to contemporary realistic fiction and nonfiction.”
Dylan, in fact, was the only student quoted in the Simmons College Catalog on their website after he graduated:
Note: The Simmons website was updated and Dylan’s quote was removed from the catalog after his indictment in the Wone murder case and after we posted a link on our site.
What interpretations can one derive about Dylan’s view of the world and children’s literature? As mentioned in his background page, Dylan was a founder of a small children’s fiction publishing house and authored several young children’s books with titles like “Naughty Jack”, “Silly Sally”, “The Loneliest Tree in the World” and “Forget-Me-Not”. If one puts these titles into the context of Ward’s quote, how do texts create their readers… and …how do words and pictures ricochet to ironic effect?
Questions we think Mr. Ward might be asking himself right now. What are your thoughts?
And as a side note, if anyone has access to any of Mr. Ward’s books, we would love to review them!
– Posted by Michael