Ruth Stiles Gannett

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Ruth Stiles Gannett Kahn (born August 12, 1923) is an American author of children's novels, including the My Father's Dragon series.

Education[edit]

Gannett graduated from City and Country School in New York City in the class of 1937, where "She recalled that as a child at the City and Country School in Greenwich Village, she benefited from being "allowed and encouraged to write for fun” at certain times of the day." [1] She then attended Vassar College, graduating with a BA in chemistry in 1944.[2]

Writing career[edit]

She published her first novel, My Father's Dragon, in 1948.[2] The book was awarded the Newbery Medal.[2] She wrote two more novels in that series, Elmer and the Dragon and The Dragons of Blueland. The books were illustrated by her stepmother, illustrator Ruth Chrisman Gannett,[3] and the typography was designed by her husband, H. Peter Kahn.[4] They have been translated into fourteen languages including Italian, Swedish, Japanese, Faroese, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, French, Korean, Thai, Russian, Portuguese and Romanian.[5]

Gannett also wrote Katie and the Sad Noise and Wonderful House-Boat-Train.

Personal life[edit]

She was married to the artist, art history professor and calligrapher H. Peter Kahn, now deceased.[citation needed] The couple have seven daughters and eight grandchildren. She lives near Trumansburg, New York.[citation needed]

Works[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Burak, David (2012). "My Father's Dragon Translated Into Chinese - Ithaca Times : Arts And Entertainment". ithaca.com. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c Silvey, Anita, ed. (2002). The Essential Guide to Children's Books and Their Creators. Houghton Mifflin. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Ruth Chrisman Gannett's Biography | Scholastic.com". scholastic.com. 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "Kahn Family Fellowship | The Ink Shop". ink-shop.org. 2014. Retrieved 19 January 2014. 
  5. ^ Wilensky, Joe (November 6, 2008). "Kids’ Book Fest, Nov. 8, returns to ‘My Father’s Dragon’ for theme of adventure". Retrieved 19 January 2014. 

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