Ezra Jack Keats: A Bibliography and Catalogue

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Born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn in 1916, Ezra Jack Keats is considered one of the nation's foremost children's-book authors and illustrators of the twentieth century. Long before multicultural themes and characters were fashionable, his works crossed social boundaries and brought the issue of urban blight to light in children's literature. An award-winning artist and writer, he left a legacy in the publishing world that few can ever equal.

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Overview

Born Jacob Ezra Katz in Brooklyn in 1916, Ezra Jack Keats is considered one of the nation's foremost children's-book authors and illustrators of the twentieth century. Long before multicultural themes and characters were fashionable, his works crossed social boundaries and brought the issue of urban blight to light in children's literature. An award-winning artist and writer, he left a legacy in the publishing world that few can ever equal.

This bibliography is, in a way, a pictorial biography of the work of the noted illustrator. It features paintings and illustrations beginning with Keats's early days as a comic-book illustrator through the Caldecott Award-winning A Snowy Day, and includes his many other graphic and book-illustration work. A superb stand-alone reference, this book also stands as an excellent companion to Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture-Book Maker, also by Brian Alderson.

Brian Alderson is an international authority in the field of children's literature. His research interests lie in the history of children's books and of book illustration. He is editor and translator of a number of classic children's literary works, and for his contribution to the genre, he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. As children's books editor for The Times of London, he is actively involved in the criticism of children's literature. He has lectured on children's literature at what is now the University of North London, where he became involved in the British Studies Program of the University of Southern Mississippi.

The University of Southern Mississippi's de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra Jack Keats archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Keats. Also included are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence, fan mail and artwork from children, photographs, and childhood memorabilia. Complementing the artwork created for children's books are numerous examples of his easel art, dating back to his high-school years.

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Editorial Reviews

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This vibrant and superbly annotated catalog reflects holdings from the University of Southern Mississippi's de Grummond Collection, which is the sole repository of the Ezra Jack Keats archives. Included is a complete descriptive list of books illustrated by Keats, with full-color display of the dust jackets or pages from his books. Keats's noted 1963 Caldecott Medal winner, A Snowy Day, which was the first full-color children's picture book to have a black boy as a hero, is included with its many reprints and translations. The illustrations also show examples of Keats's creative process from initial idea to published work, including sketches, notes, tracings, and models, with thorough descriptions of each. Examples of personal items in the collection include photographs, correspondence, and original art. An index and a list of secondary sources are included, making this a fine tribute to Keats's work. Alderson's earlier volume, the acclaimed Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture-Book Maker, will be the first choice for libraries looking for works on this popular illustrator, but this new work is highly recommended as a valuable companion to the illustrated biography.-David A. Berone, Univ. of New Hampshire, Durham Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
School Library Journal
Drawing on the de Grummond Children's Literature Research Collection, University of Southern Mississippi, and additional sources, this companion to Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture-Book Maker (Pelican, 1994) looks at Keats's work and includes 200 full-color illustrations. Alderson's challenge here has been to organize the diverse Keats artifacts-manuscripts, drawings, illustrations, correspondence, and more-into a logical system, emphasizing their connections, rather than their separateness. The first part, "Material Unrelated, or Contingent, to Keats' Illustrated Books," includes the artist's birth certificate, childhood drawings and adolescent paintings, and samples from his date books and sketchbooks. Part two concerns "Material Related to Keats' Book Illustrations." The first section, "Chronological Bibliography," comprises the book's heart. For every citation, Alderson provides archival detail-bibliographic reference, a title-page transcription, information on book designers or printers, quantity and description of illustrations, and more. Of interest to students of children's literature, American publishing, and the creative process, this book belongs in major public and academic collections and will be of interest to both scholars and collectors.-Sue Burgess, Framingham State College, MA Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565540071
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/29/2000
  • Series: Book Illustrators Ser.
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.62 (w) x 11.42 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Alderson is an international authority in the field of children's literature. His research interests lie in the history of children's books and of book illustration. He is editor and translator of a number of classic children's literary works, and for his contribution to the genre, he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. As children's books editor for The Times of London, he is actively involved in the criticism of children's literature. He has lectured on children's literature at what is now the University of North London, where he became involved in the British Studies Program of the University of Southern Mississippi. The University of Southern Mississippi's de Grummond Collection is the sole repository for the Ezra Jack Keats archive. Holdings include manuscripts, typescripts, sketches, dummies, illustrations, and proofs for 37 books written and/or illustrated by Keats. Also included are his personal papers, personal and professional correspondence, fan mail and artwork from children, photographs, and childhood memorabilia.

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Table of Contents

Preface 9
Acknowledgments 11
Introduction 13
Part I. Material Unrelated, or Contingent, to Keats' Illustrated Books
I.1 Personalia 17
I.2 Autobiography 17
I.3 Correspondence 17
I.4 Photographs 19
I.5 Original Art 19
Juvenilia 20
I.6(a) Sketchbooks 26
I.6(b) Note- and Sketchbooks 26
Part II. Material Related to Keats' Book Illustrations
II.1 Chronological Bibliography 27
II.2 Graphic Work, Book Illustrations, etc. 105
II.2(a) Graphic Work, etc., 1933-63 105
II.2(b) Book Jackets, 1948-71 108
II.2(c) Original Work for Printed Books, 1957-82 111
II.2(d) Abandoned or Unfinished Projects 162
II.2(e) Sundry Materials Related to Children's Books 165
II.3 Audio-Visual Materials and Their Making 166
II.4 EJK as Celebrated Illustrator 167
List of Secondary Sources 172
Index 175
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