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Bemelmans, Ludwig

Born: 1898 AD
Died: 1962 AD, at 64 years of age.

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.





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