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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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Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC

Lorca Variations and Harold’s ABC

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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

Intent on pursuing her new career as a poet, Ruth Krauss decided to learn French at the age of fifty-nine. She and Crockett Johnson planned a summer vacation in 1960—they thought about Quebec so she could practice reciting French poetry. Before leaving for Canada, Johnson sent a dramatic adaptation of his Barnaby comic strip to E. Y. Harburg, who declined it. Instead, it was picked up by the Hall Syndicate, and Johnson began updating the original plots for the 1960s. While Johnson oversaw the production of revised Barnaby strips, Krauss worked on her poetry, writing a group of poems inspired by Federico García Lorca. In addition to the new Barnaby, Johnson was busy with advertising work and children’s books. He also returned to his most successful character, putting together Harold’s ABC. When Harper and Brothers merged with textbook publisher Row, Peterson, and Company in May 1962, Krauss and Johnson began to publish more frequently with other presses.

Keywords:   poetry, Ruth Krauss, Crockett Johnson, Barnaby, Hall Syndicate, Federico García Lorca, children’s books, Harold’s ABC, Harper and Brothers

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