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Marie A. Lawson

Author, Illustrator

(1894 - 1956)

Marie A. Lawson

Author and illustrator Marie Abrams Lawson was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1894. She was educated at the Sweet Briar Institute in Virginia, and studied at the New York School of Fine and Applied Art. Marie married fellow student Robert Lawson in 1922, and the young couple moved out of the city to Westport, Connecticut, the following year.

The Lawsons decided that each of them would design a greeting card a day until the mortgage on their new home was paid off, a goal they reached in less than three years. Marie subsequently turned to freelance illustrating for adult and children’s magazines, and then in about 1930 began to write and illustrate books.

Following several years in New York City at the beginning of the Depression, the Lawsons returned to Westport in 1936 and built their home at Rabbit Hill. The house was surrounded by gardens and had an adjoining studio in which husband and wife worked at easels facing each other. They enjoyed sailing on Long Island Sound and vacationing on Nantucket Island. Her twin loves of gardening and the sea are evident in much of Mrs. Lawson’s work.

She wrote and illustrated four books for young people (Hail Columbia, Dragon John, The Sea is Blue, and Strange Sea Stories) and authored a volume for Random House’s Landmark Series of juvenile histories. Many of her stories are simple retellings of old legends or fanciful tales, and her illustrations have a gentle, two-dimensional quality. Her distinctive black and white decorations add grace and beauty to the five volume botanical series by Vernon Quinn.

Marie Lawson died 13 June 1956 in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was survived by her husband Robert Lawson, the Newberry and Caldecott Award-winning children’s author and illustrator.

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Bibliography

Boots of the Holly-Tree Inn (1928)

Harry and Norah elope to Gretna Green.

Author(s): Charles Dickens
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Caravans to Santa Fe (1928)

When Steven undertakes to deliver a letter from New Orleans to Santa Fe, he hopes for adventure - and find it.

Author(s): Alida Sims Malkus
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Chestnut Court (1929)

Serena, her father and her friends are waiting for the chestnut tree to work its magic, and it does.

Author(s): Mabel L. Tyrrell
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Child Life: The Children’s Own Magazine (1921)

Child Life was a children’s monthly magazine founded in 1921.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson
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The Colophon: Part Fourteen (1933)

A periodical devoted to the book arts. Individual sections were produced by different fine printers.

Author(s): Various
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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The Delineator September 1921 (1921)

Marie Lawson drew the cover for this issue. Read for free online at HathiTrust.

Author(s): George R. Chester
Various
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson
Robert Lawson
Et al

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Dragon John (1943)

Dragon John can only be returned to his true form as a prince if someone freely gives him a flower.

Author(s): Marie A. Lawson
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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The Enchanted Castle (1935)

Bebe and Jean go on a believing journey to Colleen Moore’s Doll House.

Author(s): Colleen Moore
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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First Adventures in Reading (1936)

An expert helps parents introduce their children to the joys of reading.

Author(s): May Lamberton Becker
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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The Flags of Dawn (1944)

A story of a Welsh priest, a doctor (a Welshwoman), a Frenchman and the doings at Runnymede, despite King John.

Author(s): Esther Melbourne Knox
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Hail Columbia (1931)

A history of the United States of America from its discovery to 1931.

1931

Author(s): Marie A. Lawson
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Leaves: Their Place in Life and Legend (1937)

A discussion of leaves, their uses, and many interesting facts and legends of them.

Author(s): Vernon Quinn
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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The Little Warrens at Breezy Hollow (1937)

The three Warrens and their friends spend the summer on a farm.

Author(s): Sarah Wheelock
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Melissa Ann (1931)

Heedless Melissa Ann is always getting in to trouble with her grandmother and her four aunts.

Author(s): Ethel Parton
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Mistress Pat (1935)

Patricia Gardiner clings to her home until life offers her something better.

Author(s): L. M. Montgomery
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Peter and Penny Plant a Garden (1936)

Follow every step of the way as Peter and Penny plant their garden.

Author(s): Frances Dubois
Gertrude Dubois
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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Pocahontas and Captain John Smith (1950)

Jamestown, colonists, Indians and heroes fill this story of early America.

Author(s): Marie A. Lawson
Illustrator(s): William Sharp

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The Prize Song Stories of Famous Operas (1935)

Fifteen famous operas are summarized and illustrated.

Author(s): Henriette Weber
Illustrator(s): Marie A. Lawson

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