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Crockett Johnson and Ruth KraussHow an Unlikely Couple Found Love, Dodged the FBI, and Transformed Children's Literature$
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Philip Nel

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9781617036248

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.001.0001

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A Good Man and His Good Wife

A Good Man and His Good Wife

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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

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 Man and His Good Wife. She followed it up with an anti-ageist children’s book, I’m Tired of Being a Grandma. Meanwhile, Crockett’s Barnaby comic strip was given a chance to reach a wider audience when Henry Holt agreed to publish it. Krauss continued to envision other ideas for books, and finally found success in The Carrot Seed, for which Crockett created an illustrated dummy. In late May 1944, Nordstrom offered Johnson and Krauss book contracts. Ruth’s A Good Man and His Good Wife was published in the fall of 1944, accompanied by two-color cartoon illustrations by Ad Reinhardt. When Harper published The Carrot Seed in the spring of 1945, the book was an instant hit.

Keywords:   comic strip, Crockett Johnson, Ruth Krauss, Harper, children’s book, A Good Man and His Good Wife, Barnaby, Henry Holt, The Carrot Seed, Nordstrom

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