Marjorie Flack

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Marjorie Flack (22 October 1897 - August 29, 1958)[1][2] was an award-winning artist[clarification needed] and writer of children's picture books. Flack was born in Greenport, Long Island, New York in 1897.[3] She was best known for The Story about Ping (1933), popularized by Captain Kangaroo,[1] and for her stories of an insatiably curious Scottish terrier named Angus, who was actually her dog. Her first marriage was to artist Karl Larsson; she later married poet William Rose Benét.

Her book Angus Lost was featured prominently in the movie Ask the Dust (2006), starring Colin Farrell and Salma Hayek, in which Farrell's character teaches Hayek's character, a Mexican, to read English using Flack's book.

Marjorie Flack's grandson, Tim Barnum, and his wife, Darlene Enix-Barnum, currently sponsor an annual creative writing award at Anne Arundel Community College. The award, called The Marjorie Flack Award for Fiction, consists of a $250 prize for the best short story or children's storybook written by a current AACC student.


  • The Story about Ping, illustrated by Kurt Wiese
  • Ask Mr. Bear
  • Angus and the Ducks (1930)
  • Angus and the Cat
  • Angus Lost (1932)
  • The Country Bunny and the Little Gold Shoes (illustrator, 1939; with DuBose Heyward, writer)
  • Walter, the Lazy Mouse
  • The Boats on the River, illustrated by Jay Hyde Barnum
  • Wait for William
  • Tim Tadpole and the Great Bullfrog
  • Neighbors on the Hill
  • The Restless Robin
  • Angus and Wagtail Bess
  • All around the town: The story of a boy in New York
  • Humphrey: One Hundred Years Along the Wayside with a Box Turtle
  • Angus and Topsy (First Published in Great Britain in 1935)



  1. ^ a b "Marjorie Flack". Vicki Palmquist. No date. Resources: Author Emeritus. Bookology ( Retrieved 2015-01-29.
      This may be an archive of Children's Literature Network "Birthday Bios".
  2. ^ Marjorie Flack at Through the Magic Door
  3. ^ "Guide to the Marjorie Flack Illustrations and Other Material, 1928–1947". Northwest Digital Archives ( 2007. Retrieved 2015-01-29.
      With brief Historical Note. The Flack archive is at the University of Oregon.

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