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John Rowe Townsend (19 May 1922 – 24 March 2014) was a British children's writer and children's literature scholar. His best-known children's novel is The Intruder, which won a 1971 Edgar Award. His best-known academic work is a reference series, Written for Children: An Outline of English Children's Literature (1965),"12Written for Children13 (1965): ...". Fantastic Fiction (fantasticfiction.co.uk). Retrieved 2014-03-27.
  Without change in title date (1965), the text concerns a "revised and updated edition", probably that of May 1996, perhaps with 2003 postscript ("Edition: 6 Sub" at Amazon). the definitive work of its time on the subject.Hunt, Peter (1990). An Introduction to Children's Literature. Routledge. p. 57.
It was greatly expanded for the first revised edition as Written for Children: An Outline of English-language Children's Literature (1974) and updated for its 2nd to 4th revised editions in 1983, 1987, and 1990 – the last, "A survey of imaginative writing, including poetry and picture books, accompanied by a bibliography of works on children's literature and illustrations from many of the classics of children's literature through 1989." ().

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North Rocks, N.S.W. : Royal N.S.W. Institute for Deaf and Blind Children, 1978
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