Remember the first time you discovered the magical worlds within the pages of a Roald Dahl book? What about the first time your parents put you to sleep with The Cat in the Hat?

While we associate many of these books with fond memories of childhood, nostalgia can dull — even distort — the darker aspects of these books and their authors. In an epoch shaped by colonialism, overt racism and misogyny, the children’s authors below very much shared these pernicious belief systems:

Dr. Seuss
Lewis Carroll
Roald Dahl Oompa Loompa
Childrens Books
The Dark Side Of Beloved Children’s Books And Their Authors
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Next, read more about scary stories for kids. Then, peek inside The Seven Lady Godivas, the nudity-filled picture book Dr. Seuss made before he was famous.

Elisabeth Sherman
Elisabeth Sherman is a writer living in Jersey City, New Jersey.
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