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"He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be..."


Farewell, Donald J. Sobol.

"Readers constantly ask me if Encyclopedia is a real boy. The answer is no...He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be — doing the things I wanted to read about but could not find in any book when I was ten."

I don't think I ever owned any of the Encyclopedia Brown books, but I remember devouring them in the school library.

July 16, 2012 in Books | Permalink


I caught on only in adulthood, but Sobol's explanation — "He is, perhaps, the boy I wanted to be" — resonates with me. The brainy kid beats the bullies, with nothing but the power of facts.

Posted by: Michael Leddy at Jul 16, 2012 9:38:09 PM

"Wikipedia Brown" just doesn't have the same ring, does it.

Always sad to lose an author.

Posted by: Shelley at Jul 17, 2012 5:44:58 PM

I always knew of these books, but I can't recall ever reading one. And that's odd since I think I would have enjoyed them.

Posted by: Paul at Jul 19, 2012 2:44:43 PM