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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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Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation

Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation

(p.153) 17 Striking Out into New Areas of Experimentation
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

Despite the strong sales and favorable reviews of Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson was sardonic. Ruth Krauss was also receiving good reviews for her work, including A Very Special House and I’ll Be You and You’ll Be Me. She continued to experiment, as Charlotte and the White Horse, published in the fall of 1955, shows. As 1955 drew to a close, Johnson and Krauss were already successful authors of children’s books. Johnson was contemplating on a follow-up to Harold and the Purple Crayon via Harold’s Fairy Tale. In the spring of 1957, he also sent Ursula Nordstrom a dummy for a very different book, Time for Spring. By October 1956, he had completed his third children’s book of the year, Merry Go Round: A Story That Doesn’t End, even as he prepared to send Nordstrom the final version of yet another book, Harold’s Trip to the Sky. Meanwhile, Krauss collaborated again with Maurice Sendak in the form of I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue.

Keywords:   children’s books, Harold and the Purple Crayon, Crockett Johnson, Ruth Krauss, Charlotte and the White Horse, Harold’s Fairy Tale, Time for Spring, Harold’s Trip to the Sky, Maurice Sendak, I Want to Paint My Bathroom Blue

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