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Author photo. Cut down scan of dust jacket back cover of Penguin Book No.615 (pub.1948). No attribution.

Cut down scan of dust jacket back cover of Penguin Book No.615 (pub.1948). No attribution.

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Ludwig Bemelmans, April 27, 1898 - October 1, 1962 Ludwig Bemelmans was born on April 27, 1898 in Meran, then Austria. At the age of eight, his parents divorced and he moved with his mother to Regensburg, Germany. He was enrolled into various public and private schools and failed out of most of them. At the age of twelve, unsure of what else to do with him, Bemelmans was apprenticed to an uncle in the hotel business and proceeded to go through many jobs, being repeatedly dismissed. After supposedly shooting and almost killing a waiter, his family gave him the ultimatum of reform school or emigration to the United States. He arrived in America in 1914 with reference letters from his uncle to various hotel managers in New York. Bemelmans obtained a job as a waiter in the Ritz-Carlton, but left that job to join the Army in 1917. In the Army, he worked with German speaking recruits and as a military hospital guard. In 1918, Bemelmans became a naturalized citizen, returning to hotel and restaurant work a year later, eventually opening his own restaurant. In the 1934, at the suggestion of one of his friends, Bemelmans began to write, producing his first children's book, "Hansi." He was best known though, for his series of books about the little french girl, "Madeline," which is still a childhood favorite. "Madeline's Rescue," the second book in the series, won the Caldecott Medal in 1953. His first book for adults was entitled, "My War with the United States" and was a diary of his experiences in the service during World War I. In fact, Bemelmans usually wrote his books based on his life experiences, such as "Life Class" and "Hotel Splendide," about his life as a restaurateur, his travels to Ecuador and Italy appeared in "The Donkey Inside" and "Italian Holiday," and his brief stint as a screenwriter in Hollywood was the basis for "Dirty Eddie." Bemelmans wrote about a book or two a year and was a contributor to Town and Country and Horizon, as well as a cover illustrator for The New Yorker. In his later years, Bemelmans enjoyed some small fame from painting, with some of his work appearing in various galleries. Ludwig Bemelmans died of pancreatic cancer in New York on October 1, 1962. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Madeline 8,956 copies, 254 reviews
Madeline's Rescue 3,581 copies, 85 reviews
Madeline in London 1,798 copies, 22 reviews
Madeline and the Bad Hat 1,790 copies, 18 reviews
Madeline's Christmas 1,404 copies, 16 reviews
Madeline and the Gypsies 1,118 copies, 20 reviews
Mad about Madeline 972 copies, 10 reviews
Hotel Bemelmans 208 copies, 5 reviews
La Bonne Table 114 copies, 1 review
When You Lunch With the Emperor 101 copies, 2 reviews
Hotel Splendide 88 copies, 1 review
My War With The United States 53 copies, 2 reviews
The Golden Basket 42 copies, 2 reviews
The Blue Danube 36 copies
Father, Dear Father 34 copies, 1 review
Rosebud 30 copies
Hansi 30 copies, 1 review
Life Class 27 copies, 1 review
Dirty Eddie 27 copies
Parsley 26 copies, 1 review
My Life in Art 25 copies, 1 review
Sunshine 24 copies, 1 review
The high world 22 copies, 1 review
Small Beer 17 copies
The woman of my life 14 copies, 1 review
Quito Express 11 copies
The Happy Place 11 copies
The Eye of God 10 copies
Welcome home! 8 copies
The Castle Number Nine 6 copies, 1 review
Marina 4 copies
Fifi 4 copies, 1 review
Cerfoglio 3 copies
New Yorker cover 2 copies, 2 reviews
Putzi 2 copies
A Tale of Two Glimps 2 copies, 1 review
Timeless Stories for Today and Tomorrow (Contributor) 401 copies, 5 reviews
Fifty Great American Short Stories (Contributor) 392 copies, 4 reviews
Americans in Paris: A Literary Anthology (Contributor) 280 copies, 3 reviews
A Treasury of Short Stories (Contributor) 273 copies
Madeline [1998 film] (Original book) 57 copies
The Bedside Tales: A Gay Collection (Contributor) 42 copies
Vogue's First Reader (Contributor) 27 copies
Great Short Stories of the World (Contributor) 23 copies
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