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Richard Bennett

Author, Illustrator

(1899 - 1971)

Richard Bennett

Richard Bennett (1899-1971) was a nationally known printmaker, painter, and illustrator, born in Ireland but raised in Washington State. He later divided his time between New York City and Seattle. A leading children’s book author and illustrator, he received national recognition for his woodblock prints and engravings. He was part of the inner circle of leading Northwest artists including Mark Tobey, Morris Graves, Kenneth Callahan, and Guy Anderson. In New York he became close to a group of artists and scholars that included the Abstract Expressionist Theodoros Stamos, etcher Thomas Handforth, and the scholar Edmond Tolk.

Among the many children’s books he illustrated are the Paul Bunyon stories, Treasure Island, and Betty MacDonald’s The Egg and I and Mrs. Piggle Wiggle. David Martin places Bennett’s work in the context of major American printmakers and illustrators and the changes in book production inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement.



Bibliography

Best in Children’s Books Volume 23 (1959)

An anthology containing Kintu by Elizabeth Enright with new illustrations by Bobri.

Author(s): Elizabeth Enright
Rose Fyleman
Gladys Schwarcz
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Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Vladimir Bobritski
Feodor Rojankovsky
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Best in Children’s Books Volume 33 (1960)

An anthology of stories, poems and articles, some of which have new illustrations.

Author(s): Roger Duvoisin
Grace Moon
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Illustrator(s): Adrienne Adams
Richard Bennett
Richard Scarry
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The Egg and I (1945)

The creator of Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle started in life as the wife of a chicken farmer in the wilds of the Olympic Peninsula.

Author(s): Betty MacDonald
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett

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Good Times Together (1958)

Includes Willie’s Pocket by Margaret Wise Brown with illustrations by Crockett Johnson reproduced in color. An anthology for younger children about people around the world.

Author(s): Ludwig Bemelmans
Margaret Wise Brown
Kenneth Grahame
Maj Lindman
A. A. Milne
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Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Marjorie Flack
Crockett Johnson
Maurice Sendak
Helen Sewell
Et al

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Heroes, Outlaws and Funny Fellows of American Popular Tales (1939)

Includes stories of Paul Bunyan, Mike Fink, Pecos Bill and many others.

1939

Author(s): Olive Beaupré Miller
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett

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Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle (1947)

The widow of a retired pirate keeps open house for the children of the neighborhood and supplies their mothers with magical cures for the children’s bad habits.

Author(s): Betty MacDonald
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett

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Story Parade (1938)

A collection of stories and poems from Story Parade magazine.

Author(s): Elizabeth Coatsworth
Ruth Sawyer
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Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Vera Bock
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Kurt Wiese
Et al

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Story Parade Gold Book (1941)

A collection of stories and poems from Story Parade Magazine.

1941

Author(s): Caroline Emerson
Ruth Sawyer
Et al
Illustrator(s): Richard Bennett
Dorothy P. Lathrop
Lois Lenski
Robert McCloskey
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