Clarence William Anderson

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Clarence William Anderson (1891 – 1971), born in Wahoo, Nebraska, and known professionally as C.W. Anderson, was an author and illustrator of children's books. Anderson had an interest in horses and drawing. When he wasn't out riding horses, he was drawing them, taking great interest in their bone structure and conformation. Anderson started his career by illustrating for other authors, but eventually began developing texts to accompany his realistic and lively black and white drawings. He is best known for his "Billy and Blaze" book series.

The adventures of Billy and Blaze revolve around proper care of the horse, while teaching a lesson. Anderson would go to great lengths to give accurate information. He would even go on to write Heads Up, Heels Down as a training tool for young horse lovers. All of the stories Anderson wrote would be based on true stories or people that he knew-only the plots were fictitious.

By the end of Anderson's life, he had written and illustrated over thirty-five horse books, and had also created covers for the Saturday Evening Post. Anderson is the namesake for Andy's Summer Playhouse, a youth theater in Wilton, NH.[1]

Artwork portfolios[edit]

  • All Thoroughbreds, 1948 - 20 illustrations
  • Grey, Bay, and Chestnut, 1955 - 10 illustrations
  • Accent on Youth, 1958 - 10 illustrations
  • The Look of a Thoroughbred, 1963 - 8 illustrations
  • Before the Bugle, 1965 - 9 illustrations

Books written and illustrated[edit]

  • And So to Bed, 1935
  • Billy and Blaze, 1936
  • Blaze and the Gypsies, 1937
  • Blaze and the Forest Fire, 1938
  • Black Bay and Chestnut, 1939
  • Deep Through the Heart, 1940
  • Salute!, 1940
  • High Courage, 1941
  • Thoroughbreds, 1942
  • Big Red, 1943
  • Heads Up, Heels Down, 1944
  • A Touch of Greatness, 1945
  • Bobcat, 1949
  • Post Parade, 1949
  • Blaze Finds the Trail, 1950
  • Horses Are Folks, 1950
  • A pony for Linda, 1951
  • Horse Show, Harper, 1951
  • Linda and the Indians, 1952
  • Turf and Bluegrass, 1952
  • The Crooked Colt, 1954
  • The Smashers, 1954
  • Blaze and the Thunderbolt, 1955
  • Colts and Champions, 1956
  • The Horse of Hurricane Hill, 1956
  • Afraid to Ride, 1957
  • Pony for Three, 1958
  • Blaze and the Mountain Lion, 1959
  • A Filly for Joan, 1960
  • Lonesome Little Colt, 1961
  • Complete Book of Horses, 1963
  • Blaze and the Indian Cave, 1964
  • The World of Horses, 1965
  • Great Heart, 1965
  • Twenty Gallant Horses, 1965
  • Blaze and the Lost Quarry, 1966
  • Another Man o' War, 1966
  • C. W. Anderson's Favorite Horse Stories, 1967
  • The Outlaw, 1967
  • Blaze and the Gray Spotted Pony, 1968
  • Blaze Finds the Trail, 1969
  • Phantom, Son of the Gray Ghost, 1969[2]
  • The Blind Connemara, 1971

Books illustrated for other authors[edit]

  • The Red Roan Pony, by Joseph Wharton Lippincott, 1934
  • Honey the City Bear by Madalena Paltenghi Grosset & Dunpal 1937
  • Honey on a Raft by Madalena Paltenghi Garden City Press 1941
  • Rumpus Rabbit by Madalena Paltenghi Harper & Brothers 1939

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stanway, Eric (21 July 2011). "Andy's Summer Playhouse presents The Lost World". Milford Cabinet. Retrieved 24 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Anderson, C. W. (1969). Phantom, Son of the Gray Ghost. Toronto: Collier-Macmillan Canada. LCCN 69-18233. 

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