Ludwig Bemelmans

Ludwig Bemelmans (born April 27, 1898 – October 1, 1962) was an Austria-Hungary-born American writer and illustrator of children’s books. He is known best for the Madeline picture books which he wrote and illustrated. Six were published since 1939. A seventh was published after his death in 1962 in New York of cancer.  Mr. Bemelman worked with the New York World newspaper as an illustrator and cartoonist. He illustrated children’s books as well as writing books for adults. A mural on the walls of the Carlyle Hotel’s Bemelmans Bar in New York City, Central Park, is his only artwork on display to the public. He spent time in the army and became a US citizen in 1918.

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