- Title Pages
- 1 Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood
- 2 Becoming Crockett Johnson
- 3 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
- 4 Punching the Clock and Turning Left
- 5 First Draft
- 6 Crockett and the Red Crayon
- 7 “We Met, and That Was It!”
- 8 Barnaby
- 9 A Good Man and His Good Wife
- 10 The Athens of South Norwalk
- 11 Art and Politics
- 12 At Home with Ruth and Dave
- 13 The Big World and the Little House
- 14 Artists Are to Watch
- 15 The Art of Collaboration
- 16 Harold
- 17 Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation
- 18 New Adventures on Page and Screen
- 19 “Hitting on All 24 Cylinders”
- 20 Poet in the News, Cartoonist on TV
- 21 Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC
- 22 Provocateur and Philosopher
- 23 Painting, Passports, and Protest
- 24 Theorems in Color, Poems on Stage
- 25 “You’re Only as Old as Other People Think You Are”
- 26 What Would Harold Do?
- 27 Life after Dave
- 28 Children Are to Love
- (p.2) (p.3) Introduction
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- University Press of Mississippi
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 works include the comic strip Barnaby (1942–1952) and his best-known book, Harold and the Purple Crayon. She wrote A Hole Is to Dig (1952), the classic that launched Maurice Sendak’s career. Despite (or perhaps because of) their modest acclaim, Crockett and Ruth became objects of surveillance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation beginning in April 1950. Situated at the intersection of art, politics, and commerce, their lives offer a glimpse into the histories of children’s books, comics, and the American Left. They were also best friends, their love story punctuated by complementary opposites. This biography situates the lives of Crockett and Ruth in historical, cultural, literary, geographical, and political contexts.
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