Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins:
First published in 1922, Margery Williams’ The Velveteen Rabbit: How Toys Become Real is one of the most beloved children’s books of the 20th century. The story is also very much one of death and resurrection.
The book begins:
“There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen. On Christmas morning, when he sat wedged in the top of the Boy’s stocking, with a sprig of holly between his paws. The effect was charming.”
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