With the creation of Clifford, everyone's favorite oversized red dog, Norman Bridwell, a former commercial artist, established himself as one of the most popular American children's book authors. Forty years later, Clifford remains a perennial favorite among young readers.
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Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Date of Birth:
February 15, 1928
Place of Birth:
John Herron Art Institute, 1945-49; Cooper Union Art School, 1952-53
Norman Bridwell's official web site
|In His Down Time ...|
|What does Clifford's creator do when he's not at work on the next book? Bridwell says that to unwind, he listens to classical music and jazz, does crossword puzzles, and goes to the ballet and theater. "I like to walk around town with a camera that fits in my pocket and take pictures of unusual things. I take pictures of numbers in unique places, and use the pictures for my children’s birthday cards."|
|Some of Norman Bridwell's Favorites|
|The Bears of Blue River|
A story about pioneer life in the early Indiana territory, this book "clearly describes how people struggled to survive in the most unpleasant conditions ... [It] was popular when I was growing up, and it sticks in my mind as a big influence in my life."
|The Shipping News|
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a third-rate journalist who moves home to Newfoundland is a darkly comic, sometimes magical story about the American family. Bridwell includes it as one of his favorites, saying Proulx "creates a great image of the edge of civilization."