Scarry, Richard

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Richard Scarry was born June 5, 1919, in Boston, Mass, and died April 30, 1994, in Gstaad, Switzerland. He was a highly successful illustrator and author of children's books. His works have been translated into 28 languages, and have sold over one hundred million copies. His work can be characterized as humerous, full of activity, and adept at combining instruction and entertainment. Some critics have accused his work of violence and sexism; he responds that the 'violence' is of the old 'custard pie in the face' type, and that he avoids sexism by using animals as characters instead of people, explaining that children can easily identify with animals, while it can be more difficult for them to identify with people of clearly defined race, sex, age, etc. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 2, 35, 75, 90 Children's Literature Review, vol. 41.

From the description of Richard Scarry Papers 1960-1961. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 432980401

American illustrator and author born in Boston, Massachusetts, June 5, 1919. In 1950, Richard Scarry moved to Ridgefield Connecticut.

From the description of Richard Scarry papers, 1946-1997. (University of Connecticut). WorldCat record id: 69017711

American children's author/illustrator, born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1919. Working in full color, Scarry has written and illustrated more than 100 books for children, as well as a book of poetry. He has also illustrated over 30 books for others. His characters are "anthropomorphic," that is they are animals that look and act like human beings.

From the description of Papers, 1974-1982. (University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus). WorldCat record id: 26837818

Richard Scarry was born June 5, 1919, in Boston, Mass, and died April 30, 1994, in Gstaad, Switzerland. He was a highly successful illustrator and author of children's books. His works have been translated into 28 languages, and have sold over one hundred million copies. His work can be characterized as humerous, full of activity, and adept at combining instruction and entertainment. Some critics have accused his work of violence and sexism; he responds that the 'violence' is of the old 'custard pie in the face' type, and that he avoids sexism by using animals as characters instead of people, explaining that children can easily identify with animals, while it can be more difficult for them to identify with people of clearly defined race, sex, age, etc. Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vols. 2, 35, 75, 90 Children's Literature Review, vol. 41

From the guide to the Richard Scarry Papers, 1960-1961, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Scarry, Richard. Richard Scarry papers, 1946-1997. University of Connecticut, Homer Babbidge Library
creatorOf Scarry, Richard. Papers, 1974-1982. University of Southern Mississippi, Regional Campus, Joseph Anderson Cook Library
referencedIn Richard Scarry Papers, undated, 1946-1997. Archives and Special Collections at the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, University of Connecticut Libraries
creatorOf Scarry, Richard. Planes / written and illustrated by Richard Scarry. University of Oregon Libraries, UO Libraries
referencedIn Scarry, Richard, 1919-1994 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Scarry, Richard. Richard Scarry Papers 1960-1961. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Richard Scarry Papers, 1960-1961 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
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Connecticut
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Ridgefield (Conn.)
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Birth 1919-06-05

Death 1994-04-30

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