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William Steig

William Steig, American author, artist. Recipient William Allen White award, 1975; Irma Simonton Black award, 1981.


  • Steig, William was born on November 14, 1907 in New York City. Son of Joseph and Laura (Ebel).

  • Education

    • Student, College City New York, 1925. Student, National Academy of Design, 1929.


    • Cartoonist New Yorker, New York City, from 1930. Author, illustrator for children's books, from 1968.


    • The Amazing Bone
    • Can Pearl, a pig, and her new friend, a small talking bone, outwit a band of robbers and a hungry fox? The Amazing Bone is a 1976 New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Book of the Year and Outstanding Book of the Year, a 1977 Caldecott Honor Book, and a 1977 Boston Globe - Horn Book Awards Honor Book for Picture Books.
    • Our Miserable Life
    • In this collection of 118 joyful drawings, William Steig depicts life's difficulties and disasters, quandaries and quagmires in an astonishing range of styles, focusing on the miseries of human relationships--hostility, frustration, embarrassment, loneliness, inferiority, grief.


    • Son of; married Elizabeth Mead, January 2, 1936 (divorced). Children: Lucy, Jeremy. Married Kari Homestead, 1950 (divorced 1963).

      1 child, Margit Laura. Married Stephanie Healey, December 12, 1964 (divorced December 1966). Married Jeanne Doron, 1969.
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    Born November 14, 1907
    Died October 3, 2003
    (aged 95)
    • 1925
      College City New York
    • 1929
      National Academy of Design