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" from Charlemagne and His Knights, 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 writer.

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 four years in New York during 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 works[edit]

  • The Wonder Clock, written and illustrated by Howard Pyle, embellished with verses by K.P. (Harper, 1888) LCCN 04-35675[2]
  • In Sunshine Land, written by Edith M. Thomas (1895)
  • Stories of Humble Friends (1902)[5]
  • Theodora, with Laura Spencer Portor Pope, illus. William A. McCullough (1907); (1935)[6]
  • Once Upon a Time in Delaware, ed. Emily P. Bissell, illus. Ethel Pennewill Brown (1911), LCCN 12-889
  • Once Upon a Time in Rhode Island, illus. Helen B. Mason (1914), LCCN 15-4678[5]
  • Two Little Mice: and Others (1917)
  • Wonder Tales from Many Lands (1920)[5]
  • The Pearl Fairy Book (1923)
  • The Story of Delaware (1924)[4]
As writer and illustrator
  • The Rabbit Witch and Other Tales, in verse (1895); also issued as Careless Jane, and Other Tales (1902), LCCN 14-11428[5]
  • The Counterpane Fairy (1898)[3][4]
  • Prose and Verse for Children (1899)
  • The Christmas Angel (1900)[3]
  • Nancy Rutledge (1906)
  • Fairy Tales from Many Lands (1911)[5]
  • Tales of Folk and Fairies (1919)
  • Tales of Wonder and Magic (1920)[3]
  • Lazy Matilda and Other Tales (1921)[5]
  • Fairy Tales from India, collected by Mary Eliza Isabella Frere, ed. and illus. by K.P. (1926) LCCN 27-1697
  • Tales from Greek Mythology[3] (1928); also as Heroic Tales from Greek Mythology (1934)
  • Tales from Norse Mythology (1930); also as Heroic Tales from the Norse (1934)
  • Charlemagne and His Knights[3] (1932)


  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 "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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