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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


Becoming Crockett Johnson

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/9781617036248.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

On October 20, 1906 in New York City, Mary Burg gave birth to a boy whom she and her husband, David Leisk, named David Johnson Leisk. The boy would later assume the name Crocket after a comic strip ... 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


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


Punching the Clock and Turning Left

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/9781617036248.003.0005
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the 1920s, David Johnson Leisk sought employment in New York City, first as an assistant art director in Macy’s advertising department. At the age of twenty-one, he became the first art editor of ... More


Crockett and the Red Crayon

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/9781617036248.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

As a Communist publication, New Masses gave Crockett Johnson the opportunity to attack fascism. In a December 1934 cartoon, for example, Johnson likened fascism to a racket run by a gang of thugs. He ... 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


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


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


“Hitting on All 24 Cylinders”

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/9781617036248.003.0020
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

From a creative standpoint, 1958 began auspiciously for Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson. While she was working on a book based on the artwork she had collected from children at the Rowayton public ... More


“You’re Only as Old as Other People Think You Are”

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/9781617036248.003.0026
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Upon turning seventy, Ruth Krauss knew that people would see her as old. So she changed her birth year from 1901 to 1911—a difference of ten years. When Krauss died two decades later, friends were ... More


Painting, Passports, and Protest

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/9781617036248.003.0024
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

When Ruth Krauss recovered from her bout ofmkl spinal meningitis, she and Crockett Johnson decided to travel to Europe and applied for new passports in the fall of 1964. Before departing, however, ... 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


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


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


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


Theorems in Color, Poems on Stage

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/9781617036248.003.0025
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Only sixteen months after deciding to pursue painting, Crockett Johnson held his first exhibition, Abstractions of Abstractions: Schematic Paintings Deriving from Axioms and Theorems of Geometry, ... 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


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


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