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‘The Most Dreadful Visitation’: Male Madness in Victorian Fiction

Valerie Pedlar

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9780853238393
eISBN:
9781846314186
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314186
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century and Victorian Literature

Victorian literature is rife with scenes of madness, with mental disorder functioning as everything from a simple plot device to a commentary on the foundations of Victorian society. But while ... More


What Would Harold Do?

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0027
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Upon learning of Crockett Johnson’s lung cancer, Ruth Krauss fell into a state of collapse. At the end of the first week of February 1975, he checked in to Norwalk Hospital in Connecticut. He then ... More


Epilogue

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0030
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the years since their deaths, Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson have not totally faded from the public memory. New editions of some of the children’s books authored by Krauss have been published, ... More


The Athens of South Norwalk

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0011
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

The success of his comic strip Barnaby brought Crockett Johnson financial security, not to mention more work. People wrote to request original strips or to reprint the comics. Editors used Barnaby to ... More


Art and Politics

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Once he got free from the daily obligation of writing and drawing Barnaby strips, Crockett Johnson focused on all his other Barnaby-related projects. The second issue of the Barnaby Quarterly was ... More


Idiocy: A Cultural History

Patrick McDonagh

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310959
eISBN:
9781846315367
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315367
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The term ‘idiot’ is a damning put down, whether deployed on the playground or in the board room. People stigmatized as being ‘intellectually disabled’ today must confront variants of the fear and ... More


Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Philip Nel

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Crockett Johnson (born David Johnson Leisk, 1906–1975) and Ruth Krauss (1901–1993) were a husband-and-wife team that created such popular children’s books such as The Carrot Seed and How to Make an ... More


Idiots and savants

in Representing Autism: Culture, Narrative, Fascination

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310911
eISBN:
9781846314667
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846314667.005
Subject:
Society and Culture, Social Groups

This chapter concentrates on idiots and savants. The term ‘idiot’ became more precisely defined as the nineteenth century progressed, moving away from the larger category of madness. Charles Dickens' ... More


Barnaby Rudge, idiocy and paternalism: assisting the ‘poor idiot’

in Idiocy: A Cultural History

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
June 2013
ISBN:
9781846310959
eISBN:
9781846315367
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.5949/UPO9781846315367.009
Subject:
Society and Culture, Cultural Studies

The analysis in this chapter centres on England in 1841, the Chartist movement, and Charles Dickens' novel Barnaby Rudge. It explores the relations between working-class agitation, political reforms, ... More


Introduction

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0001
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Crockett Johnson and his wife, Ruth Krauss, were two well-known authors of children’s books from the 1950s. Between them, they created more than seventy-five books, many of which became classics. His ... More


“We Met, and That Was It!”

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0008
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the summer of 1939, Ruth Krauss joined Maggie Parry in an expedition to the Blackfeet Indian nation in Montana. Led by Columbia University anthropologist Ruth Benedict, the expedition broadened ... More


Barnaby

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0009
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

For more than two years, Crockett Johnson tried to find a home for his new comic strip Barnaby. The opportunity came when Charles Martin, Johnson’s friend and the art editor of the new Popular Front ... More


A Good Man and His Good Wife

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

On June 25, 1943, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss got married in New London, Connecticut. In October of that year, Ruth received a contract from Harper for her first children’s book entitled A Good ... More


At Home with Ruth and Dave

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

During the harsh 1947–1948 winter, Ruth Krauss came up with a 123-page manuscript that provided a glimpse into her and Crockett Johnson’s daily lives, their relationship, and her aspirations. The ... More


The Big World and the Little House

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

On July 20, 1948, twelve Communist Party leaders, at least one of whom Crockett Johnson personally knew, were indicted by a federal grand jury under the Smith Act (the Alien and Registration Act of ... More


Artists Are to Watch

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0015
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In 1950, Senator Joseph R. McCarthy came up with a list of fifty-seven State Department employees who were members of the American Communist Party. By the end of April, Crockett Johnson was ... More


The Art of Collaboration

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0016
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the 1950s, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, as well as their friends and neighbors in Rowayton, Connecticut, were monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their alleged ties to ... More


Harold

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0017
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In November 1954, Crockett Johnson finished dummies for Harold and the Purple Crayon. In December 1954, he received a $750 advance and a contract from Harper for the publication of the book. That ... More


Poet in the News, Cartoonist on TV

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0021
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In a January 1959 letter, Ruth Krauss announced her newfound interest in poetry. In fact, she considered stopping writing children’s books in order to immerse herself in poetry. Meanwhile, Crockett ... More


Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC

Philip Nel

in Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss: How an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781617036248
eISBN:
9781621030645
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0022
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Intent on pursuing her new career as a poet, Ruth Krauss decided to learn French at the age of fifty-nine. She and Crockett Johnson planned a summer vacation in 1960—they thought about Quebec so she ... More


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