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Natalie Babbit’s ‘Tuck Everlasting’ Turns 40

To this day, Babbit feels that she created the book as she intended. If given the chance to go back and re-write the novel, she would not alter the painful ending:

I had it arranged in my head that Winnie died but had a very happy life—you can guess that a little bit from what’s written on her tombstone. I did that because that’s the way things go, you don’t live forever and that’s what I wanted the book to be about. From the beginning I knew she would not drink from the spring. (Bookish.com)

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