Alderson draws upon recollections of those who knew Keats and upon the large archive of his works at the de Grummond Collection of the University of Southern Mississippi.
About the Author
Brian Alderson is an international authority in the field of children's literature. His research interests lie in the history of childrenís books and of book illustration. He is editor and translator of a number of classic childrenís literary works, and for his contribution to the genre, he won the Eleanor Farjeon Award. As childrenís books editor for The Times of London, he is actively involved in the criticism of childrenís literature. He has lectured on childrenís 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 Mississippiís 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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Ezra Jack Keats: Artist and Picture-Book Maker based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I used this biography when doing an author/illustrator study on Ezra Jack Keats. This book gave me almost everything I needed to know. It contains a comprehensive biography of Ezra Jack Keats, including some of Keats' earliest and least-known paintings, as well as analyses of Keats' work. The biography section was particularly interesting because it had many quotations from Ezra Jack Keats and his friends. Reading Ezra Jack Keats' own expressions and ideas gave me a better understanding of Keats' motivations. The analyses were also very useful and I learned a great deal about artistic techniques like collage and paper marbling. This book would work for middle or high school students, depending on which areas the students focused on. High school students might find the analyses of art easier to understand than middle school students would.