- 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
The Art of Collaboration
The Art of Collaboration
- (p.132) 15 The Art of Collaboration
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- University Press of Mississippi
In the 1950s, Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss, as well as their friends and neighbors in Rowayton, Connecticut, were monitored by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for their alleged ties to communists. Some, including Rockwell Kent and Joe Freeman, testified before Senator Joseph R. McCarthy’s Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. After the end of his comic strip Barnaby, Johnson tried to avoid the political spotlight and instead pondered his future. Even after the publication of Who’s Upside Down?, he had not made up his mind on whether to pursue writing children’s books. Meanwhile, Krauss’s collaboration with Maurice Sendak, A Very Special House, published in November 1953, received favorable reception from both reviewers and readers. Krauss and Sendak also began working on their next project, I’ll Be You and You Be Me, even as Krauss continued to work on other books, including two illustrated by her husband, How to Make an Earthquake (1954) and Is This You? (1955). Johnson also began writing a children’s book about a boy and his crayon, one that would firmly establish him as a leading author of children’s books.
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