Marianna Mayer

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Marianna Mayer is a well-known children’s book writer and artist from Roxbury, Connecticut. Her early education was in the field of the visual arts. Her first book was published when she was nineteen years old. After graduating from college, she became a student painter at the Art Students League in New York City. She was the author of Baba Yaga and Vasilisa, the Brave and her written versions of Pegasus, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses.[1] She was the first wife of the famous illustrator, Mercer Mayer.


  • Beauty and the Beast, Illustrated by Mercer Mayer (Four Winds Press, 1978)
  • "The Unicorn Alphabet", Illustrated by Michael Hague (Dial Books, 1989)
  • The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft (Mulberry books, HarperCollins, 1989)
  • Marcel the Pastry Chef, Illustrated by Gerald McDermott (Batman Books, 1991)
  • Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft (HarperCollins, 1994)
  • Pegasus, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft (HarperCollins, 1998)
  • The Adventures of Tom Thumb, Illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft (Chronicle Books, 2001)


  1. ^ Marianna Mayer, biography from