Ellen Raskin: Biography

Ellen Raskin

13 mar 1928

Born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Mar 13, 1928, Ellen Raskin grew up during the period of Great Depression. Ellen was not only a writer but a well-known illustrator and designer too. She had immense talent in graphic designing that she herself has designed hundreds of dust jackets for books, including the first edition of Mad_eleine L’Engle’s Classic, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’.

Ellen Raskin gained success initially by writing children’s books. One of her children’s works, ‘Figgs & Phantoms’ received a Newbery Honor in 1975. In 1979, Ellen’s, ‘Westing Game’ won the American Library Association’s Newbery Medal for the year’s most distinguished Children’s book. The book was also ranked number nine among all time children’s novels in a survey published by School Library Journal in 2012.

Having majored in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin, Ellen worked as a commercial artist for about 15 years in New York City. She married Dennis Flanagan, editor of Scientific American.

Ellen’s novels include, ‘The Mysterious Disappearance of Leon (I Mean Noel) and ‘The Tattooed Potato and other Clues’. Ellen also wrote, designed and illustrated 15 other books including, ‘Nothing Ever Happens on My Block’ and ‘Franklin Stein’.

In short, Ellen’s books were all notable ones and had huge demand that her books sold more than a million copies. Ellen lived only till the age of 56. The multi-talented author passed away on Aug 8, 1984 due to connective tissue disease.