Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham

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9780967926865: Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham

  • Winner of 2013 Independent Publisher Book Award, biography
  • Winner of 2013 Benjamin Franklin Award (IBPA), biography
  • Winner of 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Award, biography

The unusual and enduring partnership of Maud and Miska Petersham will intrigue everyone who is interested in the integration of life and work, values and livelihood. Maud and Miska met when they were young, aspiring artists working in their first New York City jobs. Maud, a 1912 Vassar graduate, had deep Yankee roots; Miska immigrated from Hungary in 1912 after rigorous study at the Royal National School for Applied Arts in Budapest. They met while working at a commercial design studio in New York City and married in 1917. They moved to Woodstock, New York, in 1920.

Pioneers in a golden age of children's book publishing in America, the Petershams were among a handful of people who set the direction for illustrated children's books as we know them today. They worked closely with such legendary editors as Louise Seaman Bechtel and May Massee, and with such inventive printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser, greatly advancing the art of the illustrated children's book. Under their studio's north light they produced more than a hundred books, as illustrators or author/illustrators, during a career that spanned five decades.

Theirs was a deep collaboration of complementary backgrounds and temperaments, and a marriage that created a warm and welcoming household. Their books were not only immensely popular with children, but also admired by critics, librarians and tastemakers. In the years before the founding of the Caldecott Medal, their contributions were recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Four of the Petershams' books were selected for inclusion in the highly competitive AIGA exhibitions in the late 1920s and early 1930s. During the 1940s the Petershams won a Caldecott Honor (in 1942, for An American ABC) and a Caldecott Medal (in 1946, for The Rooster Crows.)

The abiding value of their work and the principles they espoused are the subjects of this book.

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About the Author:

Lawrence Webster knew the Petershams while growing up in Woodstock during the 1950s and 1960s and has always loved and admired their books and the lives they led. A librarian and nonprofit consultant, Lawrence Webster lives in Upstate New York. Under the North Light is her first foray into writing for love of the subject rather than to meet a deadline.

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"Under the North Light belongs on the desk of every illustrator of children's stories, accomplished or aspiring, as well as in the hands of anyone who loves children's books or appreciates biographies of interesting people. Its no-nonsense descriptions of the hard work necessary to a successful career in collaborative art are sobering. But the real story here doesn t focus on paying homage to the Puritan work ethic. Rather, Under the North Light is a tender and inspiring love story, one delivering on the promise that a couple can simultaneously nurture career, marriage, and family." --ForeWord Reviews

Favorite Books of 2012

“Loaded with ravishing illustrations, this book is a labor of love, recounting the life and work of Maud and Miska Petersham. If you love children’s books and the art of illustration, order a copy without delay.” --Books and Culture

 “This book pays testament to their [the Petershams’] still-felt influence on children’s literature and is a worthwhile read.”  --Antiques and The Arts Weekly

 “The book has many colorful illustrations interspersed with a story that reflects the deep collaboration of a husband and wife in the studio as well as in life. In an age where more people are working remotely and setting up shop in the midst of their home, the Petershams are an enduring example of the integration of life and work instead of its modern delineation. This is a truly beautiful book to look at, read and hold; it’s the reason books are still printed.” --Green Door Magazine

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Descrizione libro Woodstockarts, Woodstock, NY, 2012. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: new. 192 pages, indexed, deep blue cloth binding with gold stamping on the front and spine. Illustrated throughout, illustrated endpapers. Maud and Miska Petersham were pioneers in a golden age of children's book publishing in America, and were among a handful of people who set the direction for illustrated children's books as we know them today. From the 1920s to the 1960s they worked with such legendary editors as Louise Seaman and May Massee, and such inventive printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser greatly advancing the art of the illustrated children's book. Under their studio's north light they produced more than 100 books. Codice libro della libreria 9134

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Descrizione libro Woodstock Arts, United States, 2012. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham is authored by Lawrence Webster. This biography is the first published book about the Petershams. Philip and Erin Stead, winners of the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day For Amos McGee wrote the foreword. The book will serve as the companion to the forthcoming Woodstock Artists Association Museum s Petersham exhibition. Maud and Miska Petersham were pioneers in a golden age of children s book publishing in America, and were among a handful of people who set the direction for illustrated children s books as we know them today. From the 1920s to the 1960s they worked with such legendary editors as Louise Seaman and May Massee, and such inventive printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser greatly advancing the art of the illustrated children s book. Under their studio s north light they produced more than 100 books. Theirs was a deep collaboration of complementary background and temperaments, and a marriage that created a warm and welcoming household. Their books were immensely popular with children, but also admired by critics, librarians and tastemakers. In the time before the first Caldecott Medal, their contributions were recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Four of their books were selected to be shown at the highly competitive AIGA exhibitions in the late 1920s and early 1930s. During the 1940s the Petershams won a Caldecott Honor (in 1942 for An American ABC) and a Caldecott Medal (in 1946 for The Rooster Crows). Codice libro della libreria FLT9780967926865

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Descrizione libro Woodstock Arts, United States, 2012. Hardback. Condizione libro: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Under the North Light: The Life and Work of Maud and Miska Petersham is authored by Lawrence Webster. This biography is the first published book about the Petershams. Philip and Erin Stead, winners of the Caldecott Medal for A Sick Day For Amos McGee wrote the foreword. The book will serve as the companion to the forthcoming Woodstock Artists Association Museum s Petersham exhibition. Maud and Miska Petersham were pioneers in a golden age of children s book publishing in America, and were among a handful of people who set the direction for illustrated children s books as we know them today. From the 1920s to the 1960s they worked with such legendary editors as Louise Seaman and May Massee, and such inventive printers as Charles Stringer and William Glaser greatly advancing the art of the illustrated children s book. Under their studio s north light they produced more than 100 books. Theirs was a deep collaboration of complementary background and temperaments, and a marriage that created a warm and welcoming household. Their books were immensely popular with children, but also admired by critics, librarians and tastemakers. In the time before the first Caldecott Medal, their contributions were recognized by the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA). Four of their books were selected to be shown at the highly competitive AIGA exhibitions in the late 1920s and early 1930s. During the 1940s the Petershams won a Caldecott Honor (in 1942 for An American ABC) and a Caldecott Medal (in 1946 for The Rooster Crows). Codice libro della libreria FLT9780967926865

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