Give an Author this Holiday – Action Dolls?

December 18, 2011

As featured this week on NPR’s quiz show Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me, Uneek Dolls gives Etsy shoppers a chance to give their favorite author for the holidays. As a homemade doll.
    The craft shop stocks nearly 40 writer dolls, including Mark Twain (source of Soul of a People‘s title), WPA enthusiast John Steinbeck, and Carson McCullers (good friend of Richard Wright, whose glowing review of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter appeared soon after his own novel Native Son had been a smash).
    In the limerick clue, the show’s own writers joked the dolls might not fulfill every child’s dreams of dancing sugar plums: I’ll be watching toy-making elves a bit tighter/ Plath and Kafka won’t make Christmas brighter/ I’ll have to recall this strange line of dolls/ What kid wants to play with a writer?

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