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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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Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman

(p.25) 3 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Woman
Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

At the age of eighteen, Ruth Krauss attended Camp Walden in Maine. Founded in 1916 by New York City principal Blanche Hirsch and teacher Clara Altschul, Camp Walden it was hoped fostered democratic cooperation and a love of nature while giving girls “a happy and vigorous summer, and ample opportunity for all forms of athletic activity.” At Walden, Ruth found many outlets for her creativity, including art classes and stage plays. After her first summer at Walden, Ruth decided to return to the violin, but eventually gave it up after her father Julius Krauss died of leukemia. In 1927, her grandmother, Carrie Rosenfeld, died, prompting Ruth to leave home and become an “artiste.” She enrolled at New York City’s School of Fine and Applied Art, popularly known as the Parsons School, as an “honor student” in costume design and illustration. Ruth graduated from Parsons in June 1929. In the early 1930s, she met and fell in love with Lionel White, a journalist and writer of detective stories.

Keywords:   violin, Ruth Krauss, Camp Walde, Maine, creativity, Parsons School, costume design, illustration, Lionel White, New York City

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