Katharine Pyle

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Katharine Pyle
Dragon rearing up to reach medieval knight on ledge.jpg
Dragon rearing up to reach medieval knight on ledge by Katherine Pyle, 1932
Born November 23, 1863
Wilmington, Delaware
Died February 19, 1938
Wilmington, Delaware
Residence Wilmington, Delaware
Nationality American
Alma mater Philadelphia School of Design for Women
Occupation Artist, writer
Known for Writing and illustration

Katharine Pyle (November 23, 1863 – February 19, 1938) was an American artist, poet, and children's author.

Born in Wilmington, Delaware, the youngest offspring of William Pyle and Margaret (Painter), she was the sister of author and artist Howard Pyle.[1] She was educated at the Women's Industrial School and the Drexel Institute, then studied at the Philadelphia School of Design for Women and the New York Art Students' League. She lived in Wilmington her whole life, except for a four-year period in New York in the 1890s.[2]

Her art was exhibited at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893.[3] She found work as an illustrator no later than 1895, but her first major success occurred in 1898 with The Counterpane Fairy.[2] Over the course of her career she wrote over 30 books and illustrated the works of others. Her works appeared in the Ladies' Home Journal and Harper's Bazaar.[4]

Selected Bibliography[edit]

  • The Wonder Clock[2] (1888), with Howard Pyle
  • In Sunshine Land (1895), with Edith Matilda Thomas
  • The Counterpane Fairy[3][4] (1898)
  • Prose and Verse for Children (1899)
  • The Christmas Angel[3] (1900)
  • Careless Jane, and Other Tales[5] (1902)
  • Stories of Humble Friends[5] (1902)
  • Fairy Tales from Many Lands[5] (1911)
  • Once Upon a Time in Delaware[3] (1911), with Emily P. Bissell
  • Once Upon a Time in Rhode Island[5] (1914)
  • Two Little Mice: and Others (1917)
  • Tales of Folk and Fairies (1919)
  • Tales of Wonder and Magic[3] (1920)
  • Wonder Tales from Many Lands[5] (1920)
  • Lazy Matilda : and Other Tales[5] (1921)
  • The Pearl Fairy Book (1923)
  • The Story of Delaware[4] (1924)
  • Fairy Tales from India (1926) with Mary Eliza Isabella Frere
  • Tales from Greek Mythology[3] (1928)
  • "Tales from Norse Mythology" (1930)
  • Heroic Tales from the Norse (1930)
  • Charlemagne and His Knights[3] (1932)
  • Nancy Rutledge (1934)
  • Theodora[6] (1935), with Laura Spencer Portor Pope


  1. ^ Biographical and Genealogical History of the State of Delaware 1, Runk, J.M. & Co., 1899, p. 317. 
  2. ^ a b c Reid, John P. (2013), Katharine Pyle 1863-1938, retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Katharine Pyle Papers", Special Collections Department (University of Delaware), 2011, retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  4. ^ a b c "Katharine Pyle papers", Special Collections Department (Helen Farr Sloan Library, Delaware Art Museum), 2002, retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Online Books by Katharine Pyle", The Online Books Page (University of Pennsylvania), retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  6. ^ Library of Congress. Copyright Office (1936), Catalog of Copyright Entries. New Series: 1935, Copyright Office, Library of Congress, p. 2215. 

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