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Interview with Peter Neumeyer Ph.D., 2010

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Interviewer: Resnik, Susan
An oral history conducted by Susan Resnik, Ph.D. with former San Diego State University Professor Peter Neumeyer on April 12th and 14th, 2010.

Neumeyer came to San Diego State University in 1978. At SDSU, he developed what has become the largest children's literature program in North America. Neumeyer has published extensively on children's literature topics, especially E.B. White, including The Annotated Charlotte's Web.

Outside of academia, Neumeyer collaborated with illustrator and friend Edward Gorey on three books, the Donald and the... series. He is also a poet, and has published numerous poems in literary journals. After retirement from SDSU in 1993, Neumeyer became a prolific reviewer of children's books for various publications. In 2005, he received the Children's Literature Association's Anne Deveraux Jordan Award for his contributions to the field.

In his oral history, Neumeyer focuses on his early childhood in Germany, and later Oakland, California. Of particular interest are his remembrances of growing up Jewish in Nazi Germany. He also reflects on his education at Berkeley and his professorships at Harvard, Stony Brook, and West Virginia. The second half of his oral history documents his time at San Diego State, the genesis of the children's literature program, the Green Tiger Press, and Neumeyer's contributions to children's literature, including his collaboration with Edward Gorey.

This oral history was made possible by a grant from the John and Jane Adams Endowment for the Humanities and is part of the University Archives Multimedia Files Collection.
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