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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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Art and Politics

Art and Politics

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(p.91) 11 Art and Politics
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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/9781617036248.003.0012

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”.

Keywords:   children’s books, Barnaby, Crockett Johnson, Jerome Chodorov, Barnaby and Mr. O’Malley, Popular Front, politics, Ruth Krauss, The Great Duffy, The Growing Story

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