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may, 2016

21maysatKids in the Cliff – Garth Williams9:30 am - 11:00 am Event Type :Kids Storytelling

Garth Williams

Event Details

We’re trying something new for Kids in the Cliff this time. Katherine Bourne will join us once again to read a selection of Garth Williams illustrated titles followed by a discussion of his life and work by Elizabeth K. Wallace and James D. Wallace, authors of Garth Williams American Illustrator: A Life.

Garth Williams American Illustrator: A Life is the first full account of an indispensable yet less well-known figure in children’s literature—Garth Williams—the illustrator of Charlotte’s Web, Stuart Little, the Little House Series, and some eighty other widely-read or obscure children’s books.

With sources drawn from Garth Williams’ personal letters to friends and colleagues, his first wife’s memoir, and interviews conducted with Williams’ children, Elizabeth and James Wallace’s biography presents Garth Williams as first and foremost a human, a colorful human. He possessed a rebellious soul, carried a sarcastic sense of humor all his life, enjoyed success, and at the same time suffered from failures, frustrations, and fear.

The biography goes beyond an account of a human’s life story when the authors set Williams against the cultural and historical backgrounds he was born into. They explain how external conditions facilitated Garth Williams’ success as an illustrator: in an era of mass industrialization and postwar disillusionment, his drawings refurbished a vanished agrarian life which was the center of yearning.

​A genuine Garth Williams lover since childhood, Elizabeth K. Wallace received her PhD from Columbia University and taught at Boston College for about twenty years. She is a prolific scholar who covers a wide range of subjects. Her co-author and husband James D. Wallace received his PhD and taught at the same institutions as his wife did.

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