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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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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
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Philip Nel

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University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781617036248.003.0011

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 illustrate concepts, and the American Statistical Association Bulletin even chose one episode to educate the public about statistics. In addition, the U.S. Office of War Information asked for six Barnaby cartoons to feature in a spring 1945 exhibition of American cartoons in Paris as part of a project to display the best of the nation’s popular culture. Also in 1945, Barnaby made its radio debut and the first issue of the Barnaby Quarterly was published. The mid-1940s also saw Ruth Krauss and Crockett Johnson develop a long and close friendship with Phyllis Rowand, her husband, Gene Wallace, and their daughter, Nina. Moreover, Ruth conceived of a new book which she entitled The Great Duffy, with New Yorker cartoonist Mischa Richter providing the illustrations. As Krauss contemplated on writing more stories, Barnaby was wearing her husband out.

Keywords:   comic strip, Barnaby, Crockett Johnson, cartoons, Barnaby Quarterly, Phyllis Rowand, Gene Wallace, The Great Duffy, Mischa Richter

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