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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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Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood

Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood

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(p.9) 1 Ruth Krauss’s Charmed Childhood
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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/9781617036248.003.0002

Ruth Krauss was born on July 25, 1901, destined to be a future writer of children’s books. She was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Ruth Krauss grew up in a three-story frame house at 2137 Linden Avenue with her parents, Julius Leopold Krauss and Blanche Krauss, and paternal grandfather, Leopold Krauss. Ruth suffered from a variety of diseases in her childhood, from severe earache to diphtheria, measles, chicken pox, and whooping cough. She began writing and illustrating her own stories at an early age. She also took up the violin and enrolled at the Peabody Conservatory of Music under Franz C. Bornschein, a teacher, composer, and arranger. She also enrolled as a day student on a costume design program at the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts (now the Maryland Institute College of Art), but left in mid-1919 and at that point contemplated resuming her study of the violin. Ruth later went to Camp Walden, deep in the woods of Denmark, Maine, where she rediscovered her passion for writing.

Keywords:   children’s books, childhood, Maryland, Ruth Krauss, Julius Leopold Krauss, Blanche Krauss, writing, violin, Franz C. Bornschein, Camp Walden

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