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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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Crockett Johnson and Ruth Krauss

Philip Nel

University Press of Mississippi

While Crockett Johnson and Charlotte Rosswaag were making friends with leftists in Greenwich Village in New York City, Ruth Krauss and Lionel White were living nearby, in the West Village. Ruth and Lionel’s early married life was a difficult one, and Ruth eventually divorced him when she discovered that he was seeing another woman, Anna Maher. She then boarded a ship for England, although she had no specific plans for what she would do there. In London, Ruth befriended artists living in a houseboat on the Thames. She enjoyed the trip, but at that point war was on the horizon as Germany invaded Poland. Upon her mother Blanche Krauss Brager’s insistence, Ruth returned to New York in the spring of 1939.

Keywords:   war, divorce, Crockett Johnson, Charlotte Rosswaag, New York City, Ruth Krauss, Lionel White, England, Germany, Blanche Krauss Brager

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