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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


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 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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