Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946

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American author and illustrator of children's books; Kerlan Award, 1977 and Caldecott Honor citations for Nothing at All and Snow White and the seven dwarfs, and Newbery Honor citations for Millions of Cats and The ABC bunny.

From the description of Papers, 1893-1947 (bulk 1928-1947). (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62440119

American author and illustrator of children's books.

From the description of Snow White and the seven dwarfs : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62495666

From the description of Millions of cats : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62449293

From the description of The funny thing : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62440097

From the description of Wanda Gag's story book : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62440100

From the description of Three gay tales from Grimm : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62491442

From the description of Snippy and Snappy : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62491440

From the description of Tales from Grimm : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62491441

From the description of Snow White and the seven dwarfs : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62687171

From the description of Gone is gone : or, The story of a man who wanted to do housework : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62687168

From the description of More tales from Grimm : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62687172

From the description of Growing pains : diaries and drawings for the years 1908-1917 : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62403744

American children's author/illustrator, born in New Ulm, Minnesota in 1893. Award-winning author and featured artist.

From the description of Papers, 1937-1938 (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 26136043

American artist, illustrator, and writer, originally from New Ulm, Minnesota.

From the description of Wanda Gág papers, 1892-1968. (University of Pennsylvania Library). WorldCat record id: 216760767

American author and illustrator of cildren's books.

From the description of The ABC bunny : production material. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62687167

Wanda Gag was born March 11, 1893 in New Ulm, Minnesota. She grew up in a household that valued the rich folk traditions and tales of Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, and spoke German. Two of Wanda Gag's siblings, Howard and Flavia, would also work in the arts. Wanda Gag studied art at the Minneapolis Art School and the St. Paul Art School in Minnesota, and later at the Art Students League in New York City. She began her career as a commercial artist, and in 1928 published her first book for children Millions of Cats. The book is considered by many to be her finest work and received a Newbery Honor citation in 1929.

Wanda Gag's work is noted for its lively expressive pictures and narrative rhythms and simple peasant humor. She also is noted for her adaptations and illustrations for many of the Grimm fairy tales that capture and recreate the personality and traditions of the tales. She wanted to make her versions true to the stories auditory qualities and magic. Wanda Gag wanted all her illustrations to be "warmly human, imaginative, or humorous not coldly decorative, and to make them so clear that a three-year-old can recognize the main objects in them." Wanda Gag did much of her art work in black and white; Nothing At All is one exception. She also wrote one book for adults Growing Pains that explored her own artistic growth.

Photo: Wanda Gag at work

Throughout her career, Wanda Gag was hailed as one of America's most original artists and received Caldecott Honor citations for Nothing At All and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, as well as a second Newbery Honor for The ABC Bunny in 1934. Wanda Gag died on June 27, 1946 and in 1977 was posthumously awarded the Kerlan Award for her contribution to children's literature.

Biographical Sources:

Something About the Author, vol. 100

Yesterday's Authors of Books for Children, vol. 1

Children's Literature Review, vol. 4

Photo: Wanda Gag and longtime friend Earle

From the guide to the Wanda Gag Papers, 1893-1947, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections)

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Role Title Holding Repository
referencedIn James, Edward T. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1962-1969. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. More tales from Grimm : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Wanda Gág papers, 1892-1968. University of Pennsylvania Library
referencedIn Prescott, Kenneth Wade, 1920-. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1966-1970. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Lewis Gannett papers, 1681-1966 (inclusive) 1900-1960 (bulk). Houghton Library.
referencedIn Rosamond B. Loring collection of printed endpapers, 1900-1950 (inclusive), 1920-1941 (bulk). Houghton Library.
creatorOf Russell, Arthur J. (Arthur Joseph), 1861-1945. Arthur J. Russell papers, undated and 1917-1918, 1943, 1945. Minnesota Historical Society Library
referencedIn Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987 Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
referencedIn Janssen, Lillian. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Wanda Gag greeting card collection, 1908-1937. Minnesota Historical Society.
creatorOf Larrabee, Howard Atkins, 1894-. The Larrabee-Howard Wanda Gág Collection, 1911-1999. Baylor University Libraries, Moody Memorial Library
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf Dehn papers, 1912-1987. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf Dehn interviews, 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Snow White and the seven dwarfs : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn British Museum. Department of Prints and Drawings. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1949-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Tales from Grimm : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Wanda Gag's story book : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. Rockwell Kent papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University in the City of New York, Columbia University Libraries
creatorOf Aufderheide, Hertha,. Wanda Gag greeting card collection, 1908-1937. Minnesota Historical Society, Division of Archives and Manuscripts
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Letters, undated, August 10, 1943. Minnesota Historical Society Library
creatorOf Wanda Gag Papers, 1893-1947 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections
referencedIn Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1950-1951. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Snippy and Snappy : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Gone is gone : or, The story of a man who wanted to do housework : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Stokes, Katherine Martin, 1906-. Katherine M. Stokes letters received, 1933. Pennsylvania State University Libraries
creatorOf Carle, Eric. Cats. Cooperative Computer Services, CCS
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf and Virginia Dehn papers, 1912-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968,. Oral history interview with Adolf Dehn, 1963 Jan. 23-1964 Feb. 29 [sound recording]. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Watson, Marilyn Rounds. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1968. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. The ABC bunny : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Snow White and the seven dwarfs : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Papers, 1893-1947 (bulk 1928-1947). University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Ward, Lynd, 1905-. Lynd Ward and May McNeer papers, 1929-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf GAG, WANDA. Artist file : miscellaneous uncataloged material. Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Growing pains : diaries and drawings for the years 1908-1917 : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Papers, 1937-1938 University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
creatorOf Tomes, Margot. Wanda Gag's The six swans : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1939-1944. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1927-1957. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Three gay tales from Grimm : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. The funny thing : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Tomes, Margot. Wanda Gag's The sorcerer's apprentice : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Nothing at all : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Tomes, Margot. Wanda Gag's The earth gnome : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Gág, Wanda, 1893-1946. Millions of cats : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1927-1971. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Root, Edward Wales, 1884-1956. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1927-1961. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
creatorOf Two drawings. Wanda Gág. USA, 193-?, 19-- University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library Department of Special Collections
referencedIn Rockwell Kent Papers, ca.1885-1970. Columbia University. Rare Book and Manuscript Library,
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf and Virginia Dehn and Dehn family papers, 1912-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
referencedIn Susie. Wanda Gág house [realia] / by Susie. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. Adolf and Virginia Dehn papers, 1912-1981. Smithsonian Archives of American Art
creatorOf Tomes, Margot. Wanda Gag's Jorinda and Joringel : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1910-1960, n.d. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. Correspondence with Carl Zigrosser, 1911-1958. University of Pennsylvania Library
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associatedWith Aufderheide, Hertha, person
associatedWith Aufderheide, Hertha, collector. person
associatedWith British Museum. Department of Prints and Drawings. corporateBody
associatedWith Dalgliesh, Alice, 1893-1979. person
associatedWith Dehn, Adolf, 1895-1968. person
associatedWith Derleth, August William, 1909-1971. person
associatedWith Eberhart, Adolph Olson, 1870-1944 person
associatedWith Egilsrud, Johan, 1898- person
associatedWith Gág, Flavia, 1907- person
associatedWith Gág, Howard. person
correspondedWith Gannett, Lewis, 1891-1966 person
associatedWith Grimm, Jacob, 1785-1863. person
associatedWith Grimm, Wilhelm, 1786-1859. person
associatedWith James, Edward T. person
associatedWith Janssen, Lillian. person
associatedWith Janssen, Robert. person
associatedWith Kent, Rockwell, 1882-1971. person
associatedWith Lankes, Julius J., 1884-1960. person
associatedWith Loring, Rosamund B. (Rosamond Bowditch), 1889-1950 person
associatedWith Minneapolis Institute of Arts. corporateBody
associatedWith Prescott, Kenneth Wade, 1920- person
associatedWith Root, Edward Wales, 1884-1956. person
associatedWith Russell, Arthur J. (Arthur Joseph), 1861-1945. person
associatedWith Scott, Alma, b. 1892 person
associatedWith Stieglitz, Alfred, 1864-1946. person
associatedWith Stokes, Katherine Martin, 1906- person
associatedWith Susie. person
associatedWith Tomes, Margot. person
associatedWith Ward, Lynd, 1905- person
associatedWith Watson, Marilyn Rounds. person
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Germany
United States
Germany
Germany
Germany
United States
Germany
Subject
English language--Alphabet--Juvenile literature
Cats--Juvenile fiction
Children's literature, American
Authors, American--Correspondence
Fairy tales
Dogs--Juvenile fiction
Stories in rhyme
Househusbands--Fiction
Mice--Fiction
Rabbits--Fiction
Rabbits--Juvenile fiction
Dogs--Fiction
Illustrators--Biography
Folklore
Children's literature--Manuscripts
Monsters--Juvenile fiction
Children's literature, American--20th century
Cats--Fiction
Mice--Juvenile fiction
Alphabet
Sex role--Juvenile fiction
Humorous stories
Women artists
Monsters--Fiction
Sex role--Fiction
Occupation
Illustrator
Artists
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Birth 1893-03-11

Death 1946-06-27

Americans

English,

German

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