- 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
Art and Politics
Art and Politics
- (p.91) 11 Art and Politics
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- University Press of Mississippi
Once he got free from the daily obligation of writing and drawing Barnaby strips, Crockett Johnson focused on all his other Barnaby-related projects. The second issue of the Barnaby Quarterly was published in November 1945, followed by the third issue three months later. Johnson was also working on a third Barnaby book and contemplated on writing children’s books. The idea of making Barnaby a musical fell by the wayside, but Jerome Chodorov began working on Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley. Aside from his artistic endeavors, Johnson remained active on the left. During this time, the Popular Front coalition unraveled and its members began to attract suspicion. Reflecting Johnson’s activism, Barnaby became more involved in politics even as it conveyed wariness about political engagement. As Barnaby was poised to hit the stage and possibly the screen, Ruth Krauss worked on a children’s book that would use anthropology to debunk stereotypes. Two of her books, The Great Duffy and The Growing Story, were released in 1946 and 1947, respectively. Krauss also began working on another book, “Mr. Littleguy and the Laundry”.
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