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Life after 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/9781617036248.003.0028
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

After Crockett Johnson died, Ruth Krauss struggled to live a life without him. She tried to cope, seeking a way forward. She decided to move out of their home and stayed with Dick and Betty Hahn in ... More


Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood

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/9781617036248.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901, destined to be a future writer of children’s books. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Ruth Krauss grew up in a three-story frame house at 2137 Linden Avenue ... 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


Provocateur and Philosopher

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/9781617036248.003.0023
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In 1963, Ruth Krauss published one of her most important poems, “This Breast,” in the Wagner Literary Magazine. That same year, A Beautiful Day, the first of Krauss’s poem plays, made it to the stage ... 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


Children Are to Love

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/9781617036248.003.0029
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In 1989, Ruth Krauss placed an ad looking for someone to rent Crockett Johnson’s studio in Westport. Joanna Czaderna, a Polish immigrant who was seven months pregnant at the time, responded. Czaderna ... 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


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


Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation

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/9781617036248.003.0018
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

Despite the strong sales and favorable reviews of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson was sardonic. Ruth Krauss was also receiving good reviews for her work, including A Very Special House ... 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


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


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


“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


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


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


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


Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

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/9781617036248.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

At the age of eighteen, Ruth Krauss attended Camp Walden in Maine. Founded in 1916 by New York City principal Blanche Hirsch and teacher Clara Altschul, Camp Walden it was hoped fostered democratic ... More


First Draft

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/9781617036248.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

While Crockett Johnson and Charlotte Rosswaag were making friends with leftists in Greenwich Village in New York City, Ruth Krauss and Lionel White were living nearby, in the West Village. Ruth and ... More


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