- 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
Life after Dave
Life after Dave
- (p.258) 27 Life after Dave
- Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss
- 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.
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