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Karla Kuskin

Karla Kuskin (1932–2009) was born in Manhattan and grew up in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of the city. She attended Antioch College before transferring to Yale, where she studied with Josef Albers and earned a bachelor of fine arts in graphic design in 1955. With the publication of her first book, Roar and More (1956), she embarked on a lifelong career as a writer and illustrator, going on to produce more than fifty books. Among the many artists and authors she worked with were Paula Fox, Peter Viertel, and Marc Simont, who provided the illustrations to The Philharmonic Gets Dressed, a finalist for the 1983 National Book Award for children’s picture book.

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