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March 13, 1928|
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
August 8, 1984 (aged 56)|
New York City, New York
|Education||University of Wisconsin–Madison|
|Genre||Children's novels, picture books|
Newbery Medal |
1979 The Westing Game
|Spouse||Dennis Flanagan (m. 1965, second husband)|
Ellen Raskin (March 13, 1928 – August 8, 1984) was an American children's writer and illustrator. She won the 1979 Newbery Medal for The Westing Game, a mystery novel, and another children's mystery, Figgs & Phantoms, was a Newbery Honor Book in 1975.
Raskin was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and grew up during the Great Depression. She was educated at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a major in fine art. She had one daughter in her first marriage, which ended in divorce.
Raskin was an accomplished graphic artist. In New York City she worked as a commercial artist for about 15 years. Among other things she designed more than 1000 dustjackets for books including the first edition of Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time, the 1963 Newbery Medal winner.
Raskin died at the age of 56 on August 8, 1984 in New York City, the result of a connective-tissue disease.
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|By Ellen Raskin|
Children's picture books
- Nothing Ever Happens on My Block, 1967
- Silly Songs and Sad, Thomas Y. Crowell Co., 1967
- Spectacles, 1968
- Ghost in a Four-Room Apartment, 1969
- And It Rained, 1969
- A & The, or, William T. C. Baumgarten Comes to Town, 1970
- The World's Greatest Freak Show, 1971
- Franklin Stein, 1972
- Moe Q. McGlutch, He Smoked Too Much, Parents, 1973
- Who, Said Sue, Said Whoo?, 1973
- Moose, Goose & Little Nobody, 1976
- Twenty-Two, Twenty-Three, 1976
Young adult novels
- The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel), 1971
- Figgs & Phantoms, 1974
- The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues, 1975
- The Westing Game, 1978
Raskin also illustrated more than twenty books by other writers.
- Happy Christmas: Tales for Boys and Girls, edited by Claire H. Bishop, Ungar, 1956
- A Child's Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas (1950); J. M. Dent, 1968
- Mama, I Wish I Was Snow, Child You'd Be Very Cold, by Ruth Krauss, Atheneum, 1962
- "Philosophy and History. The Ernst Cassirer Festschrift", ed. Raymond Klibansky and H. J. Paton, 1963 (second edition)
- Poems of Edgar Allan Poe, selected by Dwight MacDonald, Crowell, 1965
- We Dickinsons, by Aileen Fisher and Olive Rabe, Atheneum, 1965
- The Jewish Sabbath, by Molly Cone, Crowell, 1966
- Paths of Poetry: Twenty-Five Poets and Their Poems, ed. Louis Untermeyer, Delacorte, 1966
- Songs of Innocence (Volumes 1 & 2), by William Blake (1789, 1794), music and illustrations by Ellen Raskin, Doubleday, 1966
- D. H. Lawrence: Poems Selected for Young People, ed. William Cole, Viking, 1967
- Ellen Grae, by Vera and Bill Cleaver, Lippincott, 1967
- Poems of Robert Herrick, ed. Winfield T. Scott, Crowell, 1967
- Probability: the Science of Chance, by Arthur G. Razzell and K. G. O. Watts, Doubleday, 1967 ‡
- This Is 4: the Idea of a Number, by Razzell and Watts, Doubleday, 1967 ‡
- Books: A Book to Begin On, by Susan Bartlett, Holt, 1968
- Inatuk's Friend, by Suzanne Stark Morrow, Atlantic/Little, 1968
- Lady Ellen Grae, by Vera and Bill Cleaver, Lippincott, 1968
- A Paper Zoo: A Collection of Animal Poems by Modern American Poets, edited by Renee K. Weiss, Macmillan, 1968
- Piping Down the Valleys Wild: Poetry for the Young of All Ages, edited by Nancy Larrick, Delacorte, 1968
- Symmetry, by Razzell and Watts, Doubleday, 1968 ‡
- We Alcotts, by Aileen Fisher and Olive Rabe, Atheneum, 1968
- Circles and Curves, by Razzell and Watts, Doubleday, 1969 ‡
- Come Along!, by Rebecca Caudill, Holt, 1969
- Shrieks at Midnight: Macabre Poems, Eerie and Humorous, edited by Sara and John E. Brewton, Crowell, 1969
- Three and the Shape of Three, by Razzell and Watts, Doubleday, 1969 ‡
- Elidor, by Alan Garner (1965), Walck, 1970
- Goblin Market, by Christina Rossetti (1862), Dutton, 1970
- ‡ Raskin illustrated at least five volumes in a series of 32- and 48-page mathematics books by Arthur C. Razzell and Kenneth George Oliver Watts, which was inaugurated by Doubleday in 1964.
- "Ellen Raskin: Notable Wisconsin Author" [Biography]. Ginny Moore Kruse. Copyright 1981, 2000. Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators. The Cooperative Children's Book Center [CCBC]; School of Education; University of Wisconsin (ccbc.education.wisc.edu).
- "Ellen Raskin". The New York Times. August 10, 1984.
- Bird, Elizabeth (July 7, 2012). "Top 100 Chapter Book Poll Results". A Fuse #8 Production. Blog. School Library Journal (blog.schoollibraryjournal.com). Retrieved 2015-10-28.
- "Free Study Guide for The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin". Ray Mescallado. The Best Notes (thebestnotes.com). May 15, 2008.
- "Books Written and Illustrated by Ellen Raskin". Wisconsin Authors and Illustrators. CCBC. Retrieved 2010-12-25.
- Ellen Raskin (Volume 579 of Twayne's United States Authors Series: Children's Literature), Marilynn Strasser Olson, Twayne Publishers, 1991; ISBN 9780805776270