Marjorie Flack

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Marjorie Flack (22 October 1897 - August 29, 1958)[1][2] was an American artist 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), illustrated by Kurt Wiese, 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.




  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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