C. Walter Hodges Obit.

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C. Walter Hodges, illustrator, author and expert on Shakespeare, was born on March 18, 1909. He died on November 26, 2004, aged 95.


... The adventure story Columbus Sails (1939) was a success with children on both sides of the Atlantic...

... in 1964 won the Kate Greenaway Medal for his colourful Shakespeare?s Theatre. It has been said that he was the most distinguished children?s writer not to have been awarded the Carnegie Medal...

Hodges wrote, for Twentieth Century Children's Writers: Those who are nowadays called Children's Writers (and their illustrators) are adults, engaged as adults in highly-skilled, creative, imaginative work; and children in their own imaginations are as near adult as need be for an intelligent readership. Many of the books that most attracted me and my friends when I was young were not specifically written as 'children's books'; therefore today, though I write mostly for children, I do not bother extremely to make my books only suitable for their age. I like to make them also suitable for me at mine."


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