Gene Zion Papers
Scope and Contents
The collection contains production material for nine titles published between 1956 and 1965. Production materials consist mainly of manuscripts, including holographs, corrected typescripts and carbon typescripts, a dummy, and some marked copies for various editions. The collection also contains some correspondence to Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham, his former wife and frequent collaborator, from their editors, including Ursula Nordstrom, and publishers as well as a copy of a paper done on Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham. There is also correspondence and artwork from children, and a one page autobiographical sketch by Gene Zion.
- 1956 - 1980
- Zion, Gene (Person)
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Conditions Governing Use
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Gene [Eugene] Zion was born October 5, 1913 in New York, New York. He graduated from the Pratt Institute and worked for Esquire Publications and CBS, and worked as a free lance writer and designer from 1949 to 1975. Gene Zion published his first book, All Falling Down, in 1951. His wife Margaret Bloy Graham (married 1948, divorced in 1968) illustrated the book. Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham collaborated on many works, including the popular Harry the Dog books beginning with Harry the Dirty Dogin 1956. Critics praised Gene Zion's "charming" texts and his unique talent for envisioning the "story through the eyes of a child." Gene Zion's depiction of Harry's personality was also noted by critics who called Harry "a timeless personality inviting warmth, involvement and understanding." Gene Zion's stories and characters dealt with some of the "universal" problems children encounter and readers emphasized with the characters' plights. His books were also notable for their zany humor especially The Plant Sitter(1959), whose plot critics called a "happy blend of unanswerable logic and wild improbability." Gene Zion died on December 5, 1975.
Biographical Sources: Something About the Author, vol. 18, pp. 305-307; Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 1079-1080.
.4 Cubic Feet (1 hollinger box)
Language of Materials
Gene Zion's papers focus on his work as an author of children's books and include typescripts, proofs, dummies, and correspondence.
Collection guide arranged alphabetically by book title, with Biographical Information and Correspondence at the end.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift of the family and estate of Gene Zion.
- Authors, American -- 20th century Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Children's literature, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Children's stories, American Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Dogs -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Manuscripts for publication Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Mice -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Picture books Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Plants -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Squirrels -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Thanksgiving Day -- Juvenile fiction Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gene Zion Papers, 1956-1980
- Christina Cowan; updated by Leslie Czechowski and Jim Eyer
- February 1999; updated 2004
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