October 5, 2003 by

William Steig

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Categories: Artists, Writers/Editors

wsteig.jpgWilliam Steig, a best-selling children’s author and illustrator, died on Oct. 3 of natural causes. He was 95.
Born in New York, Steig began drawing cartoons for his high school newspaper. After attending City College and the National Academy of Design, he planned to become a world traveler, but The Great Depression forced him to become a freelance artist to support his family.
In 1930, he sold his first cartoon to New Yorker editor Harold Ross. Over the next 70 years, the magazine would publish more than 1,600 Steig drawings, including 117 covers.
The “King of Cartoons” then turned his talents to writing. He published the book, “The Lonely Ones” in 1942, a collection of psychological drawings that stayed in print for 25 years.
In his 60s, he started writing for youngsters. The prolific author penned more than 30 children’s books, including “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” which won the Caldecott Medal in 1970. The animated adaptation of his book, “Shrek,” became a blockbuster film starring the voices of Mike Myers, Cameron Diaz, Eddie Murphy and John Lithgow. It won the first Oscar for best animated feature.

One Response to William Steig

  1. Perneel Boudewijn

    deep regrets,
    Every day I look at one of your drawings. It gives me strength.
    Thank you for staying that long.
    Boudewijn Perneel

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