Fade Shakes Conservative Parents
Jan Wallace's letter to Robert Cormier 13 Oct, 1991
In one of the few paired correspondences of the archive, Jan Wallace, a 7th and 8th grade teacher from Alabama, wrote a three-page single-spaced letter to Cormier sharing an incident regarding a parent’s disapproval of his 13-year old daughter’s reading of Fade (1988).
Robert Cormier's reply to Jan Wallace
Cormier's two-page single-spaced draft of a reply to Jan Wallace and her concerns as a teacher around Fade is remarkable because of the extensive revision work that is visible despite his, by this time, well-practiced letters to teachers and students about censorship. It may be that his response addresses one of the early attacks on Fade and shows his thinking-in-development about that novel, specifically.
Banned Books Week: Robert Cormier’s Fade (blog post by “Scott” for the Carnegie Library of Pittsburg. October 3, 2012).
Dual at High Noon: A Replay of Cormier’s Works by Kathy Neal Headley, The ALAN Review, 1994.