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Martin Elias Provensen

Martin Elias Provensen, author, illustrator. Recipient Best Illustrated Book of Year award for Charge of Light Brigade, New York Times, 1964; Best of Year citation, 1952, 53, 59, 63, 64, 76, 78; co-recipient Gold medal Society Illustrators, 1960; Art Books for Children citation Brooklyn Museum, 1975; Caldecott and Boston Globe awards for A Visit to William Blake's Inn; Caldecott Medal for The Glorious Flight, 1984.


  • Provensen, Martin Elias was born on July 10, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Marthin C. and Berendina (Kruger) Provensen.

  • Education

    • Student, University California, Berkeley.



    Served with United States Naval Reserve, 1941-1945.


    • Married Alice Twitchell, April 17, 1944. 1 daughter, Karen Anna.
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    Died March 27, 1987
    (aged 70)