Article and has been described as the greatest all-round bookman in the English-speaking world. Melcher was born in 1879 in Malden, Massachusetts. A suburb on the north side of Boston.
In 1883, the family moved to Newton Center. A 1945 essay describes his childhood growing up near a lake, fishing, ice skating and swimming. He was also an avid reader from a young age, making many visits to the library, as well as enjoying books passed on or gifted from friends and family. When Frederic was 16, his grandfather helped him to secure a job at Estes and Lauriat publishing company and bookstore in Boston. Melcher began his career in the book industry there, a career which would 68 years.
He began working in the mailroom and over the next 18 years worked his way into sales and acquisitions. It was during his time at Estes and Lauriat that he first developed his interest in childrens books.
He worked to develop the childrens collection of the books store with help of Caroline Hewins, a New England librarian who also had interests in developing and promoting childrens books. He later established The Caroline M. Hewins Lectureship on New England childrens books in 1947. In 1910, he married Marguerite Fellows, an author of childrens books. In 1912, Melcher became president of the Boston Booksellers League.
He was very active in the Boston book trade and was described as an energetic and agreeable bookseller who knew books thoroughly. His reputation as an enthusiastic and knowledgeable salesman resulted in his recommendation for a position running the W. Stewart Bookstore in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1913.
During his five years in Indiana, Melcher managed the W. Stewart Bookstore, which survived a flood but not a later fire which resulted in a total loss of the store and a new location. He was also active in the Indiana public Libraries Association and promoted material relating regional history.
Melcher and his family moved to Montclair, New Jersey. And he became co-editor of Publishers Weekly.Bowker for 45 years, becoming president in 1934. While at Publishers Weekly , Melcher began creating space in the publication and a number of issues dedicated solely to books for children. In 1919, he teamed with Franklin K.
Mathiews, librarian for the Boy Scouts of America. A librarian at the New York Public Library. To create Childrens Book Week. Melcher proposed the Newbery Medal.
In 1922, an annual award for the most distinguished book for children. Melcher suggested that the award be named after John Newbery.
A British bookseller known for his contributions to the childrens book industry. Melcher recruited Rene Paul Chambellan. Although the award had hearty support, Melcher also drew extensively upon his own funds for the creation of the medal. Melcher proposed the Caldecott Medal. In 1937 to honor childrens picture books.
Named for British illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The medal is presented annually for the most distinguished picture book for children. In 1945, Melcher had worked in the book industry for 50 years. A celebration was held in his honor at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
A collection of essays about his life was published to commemorate this event and he was awarded a medal from The American Institute of Graphic Arts. In recognition of his many-sided contributions to the Graphic Arts through 50 years, his patient and judicial sponsorship of worthy causes, international as well as national; his continuing kindly encouragement of young men and women first entering the world of books; and his tireless, accomplished, and successful efforts to make known and to maintain high standards of bookmaking.
Melcher resigned as president of R. Bowker in 1958 to become chairman of the board. In 1962 he received the Regina Medal. From the Catholic Library Association in recognition of a lifetime contribution to childrens literature.Melcher was an active member in the Unitarian Universalist. His contributions to the church and to the publishing industry, as well as his work in fighting against censorship led to the church establishing the Frederic G. Melcher Book Award in 1964. The award is given annually to the work which is judged to have made the most significant contribution to religious liberalism. Melcher is best known for his contributions to the childrens book world, he was also known as being foremost among his contemporaries for his comprehensive understanding of the entire book industry, including bookselling, publishing and libraries. Melcher is also known for his friendship with American poet Robert Frost. The University of Virginia Library. Is home to the Frederic G. In 2006, a University of Virginia graduate student who was completing a thesis on the poetry of Frost discovered a previously unpublished poem, inscribed by Frost on the inside cover of a book Frost had given to Melcher in 1818. Melcher died on March 9, 1963 at the age of 83, and his ashes were scattered at the family vacation home in Cape Cod.
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