Eleanor Cameron vs. Roald Dahl
In an article that began in October
1972 and continued in our next two issues, Eleanor Cameron criticized
the theories of Marshall McLuhan, whose writings on media were
much debated at the time, and decried what she saw as their expression
in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. Mr.
McLuhan never responded, but Mr. Dahl fired back. So did many
of our subscribers. Paul Heins, then editor, periodically refereed.
Youth, and Literature, Part I (October 1972)
Cameron takes on Marshall McLuhan and Charlie and the Chocolate
Youth, and Literature, Part II (December 1972)
Charlie suffers in comparison to the equally popular
Charlotte’s Web before Cameron broadens her essay
to consider recent young adult fiction.
Youth, and Literature, Part III (February 1973)
More on young adult fiction and a concluding thrust at Mr. McLuhan.
Protest (February 1973)
Editorial by Paul Heins describes an anonymous response to Part
I of Cameron’s article.
and The Chocolate Factory: A Reply (February 1973)
Roald Dahl responds to Ms. Cameron.
to editor (February 1973)
Critical Cross-Purposes (April 1973)
Editorial by Paul Heins considers the roots of the controversy.
Reply to Roald Dahl by Eleanor Cameron (April 1973)
to the editor (April 1973)
to the editor (June 1973)
to the editor (August 1973)
to the editor (October 1973)