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Bemelmans, Ludwig

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1962 AD
Nationality: American
Categories: Authors

US (Austrian Tyrolean-born) juvenile author and illustrator

1898 – Born on the 27th of April in Meran, Austria today in Italy.

1917 – He joined the U.S. Army but was not ordered to Europe because of his German heritage.

Became an officer and rose to second lieutenant.

1918 – Became naturalized as an American citizen.

1930s – He met May Massee the children’s book editor at Viking Press who became a sort of partner.

1934 – Published a number of children’s books beginning with Hansi.

1939 – First Madeline book was published and was actually rejected by Viking and published by Simon and


1950 – He wrote "Madeline’s Rescue" and received Caldecott Medal 1953.

1962 – Ludwig Bemelmans died on 1st of October.