Robert McCloskey
From the dust jacket of Centerburg Tales

Robert McCloskey

1914 - 2003

Robert McCloskey was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1914. By his own admission he intended (a) to be an inventor and (b) to be a musician. "I spent a great part of my early life pounding the piano and blowing fuses."

At the Hamilton High School he became interested in art. He studied at the National Academy of Design in New York. He has exhibited in New York and Boston and in 1939 was awarded the Prix de Rome. During World War II he was a sergeant in the Army, and his assignment was drawing training pictures. He has done commercial art, oil painting, water colors, murals.

At the present time Mr. McCloskey is the proud owner of an island off the coast of northern Maine, where he lives with his wife and his two small daughters, Sally and Jane. There he paints, writes, digs for clams, and carries his new manuscripts to the post office by rowboat.

The photograph above gives you a clue to Mr. McCloskey's appearance. But, better still, study the pictures of Homer Price and Lentil. Bob McCloskey is Homer and Lentil grown up.

From the dust jacket of Centerburg Tales

Fun fact: Ruth Sawyer was Robert McCloskey's mother-in-law.

Other Titles

Robert McCloskey also illustrated several titles. Some are available for Reshelving Alexandria members.

These titles that McCloskey illustrated have not been added to the website at this time:

  • Tree Toad: Adventures of the Kid Brother by Bob Davis
  • Young America's English Book One
  • Trigger John's Son