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Wanda Gág

11 March 1893 - 27 June 1946

Wanda Hazel Gág was born in New Ulm, Minnesota, the daughter of a painter and photographer. Her parents spoke German in the house, and Wanda did not learn to speak English until she went to school. When she was 14 years old, her father died of tuberculosis, and since her mother was also ill, Wanda became the head of the household. She stayed in school until her high school graduation in 1912. She worked as a teacher for a year, and supplemented her work with writing and illustrating for magazines, designing greeting cards and calendars, and painting lampshades.

She received a scholarship to study art in St. Paul, and then moved to New York City. She continued to support her six younger siblings. In 1917 she illustrated A Child’s Book of Folk-Lore. In 1923, following a successful exhibition in New York, she left her job and began spending her summers in a country house in Connecticut and later on a farm in New Jersey. She drew and painted during the summer, then worked in New York engaged during the winter. At the time she was known for her lithographs, although today she is better known for her children's books, especially Millions of Cats (1928), for which she received the Newbery Honor Award.

Wanda died of lung cancer in 1946 at her home in New Jersey.

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