M, 2019

13mar6:30 pm- 8:00 pmPicture Book Bohemia: Greenwich Village Artists and Writers for ChildrenA free public program and reception6:30 pm - 8:00 pm The Salmagundi Club, 47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003


Event Details

From the 1920s onward, Greenwich Village—well known as a mecca for avant-garde poets, playwrights, musicians, and painters–was also a creative crossroads for children’s literature’s most innovative artists and writers. Rachel Field modeled the heroine of her Newbery Medal winning historical fantasy Hitty: The First Hundred Years (1929) on a wooden doll spotted in an 8th Street antique shop. Her publisher, Macmillan, with offices in the future Forbes Magazine Building, had made history of its own a decade earlier by launching the world’s first children’s editorial department. Living on Washington Square South, German-Jewish emigre H.A. Rey put the finishing touches on Curious George (1940) while a few blocks away Robert McCloskey produced the quintessential picture book about Boston, Make Way for Ducklings (1941), and Margaret Wise Brown, having trained at the progressive Bank Street School, pioneered the genre of books for the youngest ages that culminated in Goodnight Moon (1947). A generation later, Maurice Sendak created Where the Wild Things Are (1963) on West 9th Street and Eric Carle wrote and illustrated The Very Hungry Caterpillar (1969) three blocks to the north. Crockett Johnson, Garth Williams, Tomi Ungerer, and Leo Lionni all figure in this fascinating, little-known side of Greenwich Village’s creative legacy.


march 13, 2019, 6:30 pm - march 13, 2019, 8:00 pm


The Salmagundi Club

47 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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