From Minders of Make-Believe: Idealists, Entrepreneurs, and the Shaping of American Childrens' Literature, by Leonard S, Marcus
MARY MAPES DODGE, ED.
"It was a question of balance, of taste, and above all art. 'Harsh, cruel facts -- if they must come, and sometimes it is important that they should -- must march boldly, say what they have to say, and go.'"
From Chapter 2, Wonder in the Wake of War