William Rossa Cole
|William Rossa Cole|
November 20, 1919|
Staten Island, New York
|Died||August 2, 2000
New York City
|Occupation||Writer, poet, anthologist, editor|
|Genre||light verse, children's literature, anthology|
|Notable works||I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems, Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems, The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems|
After military service in World War II, Cole took various jobs in the publishing industry, serving as publicity director at Alfred A. Knopf, publicity director and editor at Simon & Schuster, and publisher of William Cole Books at Viking Press. He was also a prolific writer and anthologist, editing and authoring over 75 books, as well as columns in Saturday Review. Many of his books were honoured by the American Library Association, including I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems (named a notable book of 1958, and on the List of Notable Children's Books of 1940–1959), Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems (named a notable book of 1964), and The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems (honoured in 1965).
- I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems
- Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems
- The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems
- Poem Stew
- Sex: "The Most Fun You Can Have Without Laughing" …and Other Quotations (with Louis Phillips)
- Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales (editor)
- Cat-hater's Handbook, or, the Ailurophobe's Delight (with Tomi Ungerer)
- Poems of Magic and Spells
- Pith & Vinegar: An Anthology of Short Humorous Poetry (editor)
- Oh, What Nonsense! (with Tomi Ungerer)
- Have I Got Dogs!
- A Zooful of Animals
- Heaney, Seamus (October–November 2001). "In Memory of Bill Cole". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- Pace, Eric (August 8, 2000). "William Rossa Cole, 80, Author And Editor of Children's Books". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2013.