Family drama Adventure
New York City
“When I was a boy I read with a passion,” Harry Mazer said in Books I Read When I Was Young, “the same passion I had for food and games. Reading, I would say, came after food, and before games. I loved reading. I loved books and libraries, and the feel and smell of books. I still love to sniff new books … When I came from the library, my arms bulged with books. I read whole shelves of books, or so it seemed to me: the entire Rover Boys series, then the Tom Swifts, then Jules Verne's books, and all of Mark Twain, in green bindings, and Charles Dickens in maroon. I liked authors who had written a lot of books. If possible I read them in order from the first book to the last.…
“It's only as I grew older that I became interested in meaning and symbolism and the realistic treatment of character,” he continued.
Mazer made sporadic attempts to write during his adolescence. “I didn't know what the world of writing was like,” he said in a pamphlet from Scholastic. “All I had were the classics and they just told me I was hopeless. So it took me many years before I began to write.”
“I've always liked the idea of writing, but it's never been easy,” he said in an interview published by Bantam. “Writing is hard work for me. I've resisted writing all my life. Put it off. Procrastinated.