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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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Life after Dave

Life after Dave

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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

After Crockett Johnson died, Ruth Krauss struggled to live a life without him. She tried to cope, seeking a way forward. She decided to move out of their home and stayed with Dick and Betty Hahn in Baltimore. Krauss applied for a fellowship at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire, where she had the opportunity to work among fellow artists. She also sought the company of poets closer to home, joining Dale Shaw’s Westport Poetry Workshop. In the fall of 1977, Krauss had her first residency at the MacDowell Colony, returning each year until 1982. She was also struggling with her body, her hip causing her pain for several years, and decided to undergo a hip replacement operation in Baltimore. Although the surgery was successful, she continued to feel that her body was betraying her. In the fall of 1987, the last of her many children’s books, Big and Little, was published by Scholastic.

Keywords:   children’s books, Crockett Johnson, Ruth Krauss, Baltimore, MacDowell Colony, Dale Shaw, Westport Poetry Workshop, Big and Little, Scholastic

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