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Naomi Lewis (3 September 1911 — 5 July 2009) was a British poet, essayist, literary critic, anthologist and reteller of stories for children. She is particularly noted for her translations of the Danish children's author, Hans Christian Andersen, as well as for her critical reviews and essays.

Born in Great Yarmouth to a Latvian Jewish father who was a herring exporter, she was the second of four siblings. Her mother was a talented artist and musician. Due to the antisemitism of the 1930s, the family took the mother's surname, Lewis. They moved to London's Red Lion Square in 1935, into the block of flats in which Naomi was to reside until her death. Having studied at the local Great Yarmouth High School, Naomi then went on to win a scholarship to read English at Westfield College, University of London.

Following a number of jobs working as a teacher and a copywriter, she started her career as a writer after the Second World War by entering the weekly competitions run by the New Statesman. Quickly noticed by her contemporaries as an intelligent and insightful critic, she went on to produce regular articles for the New Statesman, as well as for The Observer, The Times Literary Supplement, the New York Times and the Listener. Her first published work, A Visit to Mrs. Wilcox (1957) included a selection of these articles and won immediate acclaim, becoming a Book Society recommendation.

Over the sixty years of her literary career, Naomi Lewis produced a vast number of works; as a reviewer, an anthologist and as a poet in her own right. Notable amongst these was A Footprint on the Air (1983) an anthology of nature verse named after her own poem and Messages (1985), a celebrated collection of poetry which included three of her own original poems: The Wolf said to Francis (under the pseudonym A. G. Rochelle), Counsel and Creatures of Early Morning. In 2000, Messages was chosen by the U.K's first Children's Laureate, Quentin Blake, as one of his fifty favourite books (The Laureate's Party, Random House). Naomi herself was particularly fond of the 1993 publication The Mardi Gras Cat, in which she presented a carefully selected gallery of feline personailities, each immortalised in poetry.

Naomi Lewis taught poetry appreciation and creative writing at London's City Literary Institute for many years, and due to popular demand went on doing so well past the official age of retirement. Some of the poems produced in that class were included in Messages, alongside lifelong favourites Robert Browning, Stevie Smith and Emily Dickinson. She also lectured periodically at the South Place Ethical Society, where she was a long-time member. Among the various subjects were talks on her favourite children's authors Hans Christian Andersen and Andrew Lang and the Italian author and holocaust survivor Primo Levi, whose work she championed from its first publication in the UK.

In her private life, Lewis was a vegan and a committed animal rights defender. Opposed to all forms of animal mistreatment, she once complained in a letter to the Evening Standard, "What moral right have humans to lay on sensitive creatures the sufferings of their own vanity, greed and cowardice, and a host of various sins?" Due to her habit of rescuing stray cats and injured pigeons around her Bloomsbury neighbourhood she was featured on the BBC programme London Identities and made the subject of a national newspaper article.

Naomi Lewis was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award for services to children’s literature in 1975 and by her election as Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1981.

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Total Books: 67
Tales from Hans Christian Andersen
2014 - Tales From Hans Christian Andersen [The Classics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9781847805102
ISBN-10: 1847805108
Genre: Children's Books

The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen
2010 - The Snow Queen Hans Christian Andersen [Illustrated Classics] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781406319705
ISBN-10: 1406319708
Genre: Children's Books

Tales of Hans Christian Andersen
2007 - Tales of Hans Christian Andersen (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781406309515
ISBN-10: 1406309516

The Wild Swans
2005 - The Wild Swans (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781841481647
ISBN-10: 1841481645
Genre: Children's Books

East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon
2004 - East O' the Sun and West O' the Moon (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781844284986
ISBN-10: 1844284980
Genre: Children's Books

The Emperors New Clothes
2004 - The Emperors New Clothes (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780141319520
ISBN-10: 0141319526

Elf Hill
2001 - Elf Hill (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781845071882
ISBN-10: 1845071883
Genre: Children's Books

Rocking Horse Land and Other Classic Tales of Dolls and Toys
My Magic Cloth A Story for a Whole Week
1997 - My Magic Cloth a Story for a Whole Week (Paperback)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781558586970
ISBN-10: 1558586970
Genre: Children's Books

Classic Fairy Tales to Read Aloud
1996 - Classic Fairy Tales to Read Aloud [Classic Collections] (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780753450031
ISBN-10: 0753450038
Genre: Children's Books

King Arthur
1995 - King Arthur [Henry Holt Little Classics] (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780805033960
ISBN-10: 0805033963
Genre: Children's Books

Robin Hood
1995 - Robin Hood (Other)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780805033977
ISBN-10: 0805033971
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

East O' the Sun West O' the Moon
1991 - East O' the Sun West O' the Moon (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780744519273
ISBN-10: 0744519276

The Snow Queen
1991 - The Snow Queen (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780744520385
ISBN-10: 074452038X

Stories from Arabian Nights
1990 - Stories From Arabian Nights (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780517054802
ISBN-10: 0517054809

Hare and Badger Go to Town
1988 - Hare and Badger Go to Town [Pocket Puffin] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780140331318
ISBN-10: 014033131X

Cry Wolf and Other Aesop Fables
1988 - Cry Wolf and Other Aesop Fables (Hardcover)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780195207101
ISBN-10: 0195207106
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction

A Midsummer Night's Dream
1988 - A Midsummer Night's Dream (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
ISBN-13: 9780091735067
ISBN-10: 0091735068

Wild Swans
1988 - Wild Swans (Hardcover)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780911745368
ISBN-10: 091174536X

Once Upon A Rainbow
1987 - Once Upon a Rainbow (Hardcover)
ISBN-13: 9780224018425
ISBN-10: 0224018426

The Stepsister
1987 - The Stepsister (Hardcover)Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9780803704305
ISBN-10: 0803704305
Genre: Children's Books

1970 - The Story of Aladdin [Bodley Head Fairy Tale Picture Books] (Hardcover)
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