Lives of the Writers: Comedies, Tragedies (and What the Neighbors Thought)by Kathleen Krull, Kathryn Hewitt (Illustrator)
Full-color caricatures and a lively text capture the eccentricities and personal lifestyles of 20 world famous writers. A companion to the popular Lives of the Musicians, this fascinating look at the lives of Shakespeare, Poe, Sandburg, the Brontes, and others sheds wondrous new light on great writers and their literary creations.
“The stories Krull tells will be enough to whet readers’ appetites for more biography and for the writers’ actual works.”—Booklist
"This compendium of brief biographies of literary luminaries is as much fun as a tete-a-tete with a gossipy friend. Krull knows exactly how to captivate her audience; she goes right for the juicy stuff, adding to historical fact the kind of chatty incidentals and amusing anecdotes that put flesh and blood on dry literary bones. . . .These exuberant thumbnail sketches are ably matched by Hewitt’s sophisticated caricatures, which will delight sharp-eyed readers with their many visual references to particulars and oddities about each of the subjects. A must-have for the reference shelf.”—Publishers Weekly
“Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage.”—Kirkus Reviews
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"Another colorful, enthralling excursion into our cultural heritage."—Kirkus Reviews
Meet the Author
Kathleen Krull is well known for her innovative, award-winning nonfiction for young people, including Lives of the Explorers, Lives of the Musicians, and all other books in this popular series illustrated by Kathryn Hewitt. She is also the author of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez, illustrated by Yuyi Morales, as well as The Beatles Were Fab (and They Were Funny) and Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country), both co-written with Paul Brewer and illustrated by Stacy Innerst. She lives in San Diego, California. www.kathleenkrull.com.
Kathryn Hewitt's caricatures of famous figures led kids to dub the Lives of . . . series the "Big Head" books. She has illustrated many books for young readers, some of which she also wrote. She lives in Santa Monica, California. Visit her website at www.kathrynhewitt.com.
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