Beverly Cleary, the famous children’s author whose memories were shared with millions by the likes of her Oregon childhood Remona and Bezos Kibi and Henry Huggins, has died. She was 104 years old.
Cleary’s publisher HarperClins announced Friday that the author died Thursday in Northern California, where she had lived since the 1960s. The cause of death was not given.
Trained as a librarian, Cleary did not begin writing books until the early 3050s, when he wrote Henry Huggins, published in 1950. Qibi and his younger sister, Ramona. They live in a down-home, healthy setting on Clichy Street – a real street in Portland, Reagan, where Cleary spent most of her youth.
Among the “Henry” titles were “Henry and Ribby,” “Henry and Paper Root,” and “Henry and Beazus.”
Probably her most famous character Remona entered “Henry Higgins” with a brief mention.
“All the kids turned out to be just kids so I teased a little sister and she didn’t go. She’s present in every book,” she said in a telephone interview from her California home in March, 2016.
Claire herself was the only child and said the character is not a mirror.
“I was a well-behaved little girl, like I didn’t want to be,” she said. “At Ramona’s age, in those days, kids were playing outside. We played hopscotch and jump rope and I loved them and was always knee-jerk.”
There were eight books on Ramona between “Bees and Ramona” in 1955 and “Ramona World” in 1999. Others include “Ramona The Paste” and “Ramona and Her Father”. In 1981, “Remona and Her Mother” won the National Book Award.
Claire didn’t write recently because she said “it’s important for writers to know when to say goodbye.”
“I also got rid of my typewriter. It was great but I hate typing. When I started writing I felt like I was thinking more about my typing than what I write, so I wrote it with a long hand.” He said in March 2016.
Although she removed her pen, Cleary republished her three most favorite books, with three famous fans writing the words for the new editions.
Actress Amy Pohler “Ramona Kambi, age 8;” Wrote the front of no. Author Kate Dickmillo wrote the opening for “The Mouse and the Motorcycle.” And author Judy Bloom “Henry Higgins.”
Cleary, the self-described “Fuddy Duddy” said there was a simple reason she started writing children’s books.
“As a librarian, kids always wanted books about kids like us. ′ Well, there were no books about kids like them. So when I sat down to write, I found myself writing about the type of kids I grew up with.” Said in an interview with the Associated Press.
“Dear Mr. Henshaw,” the heartbreaking story of a lone boy corresponding to the author of a children’s book, won the 1984 John Newberry Medal for the most famous contribution to American literature for children. It “came about because two different boys from different parts of the country asked me to write a book about a boy whose parents were divorced,” she told National Public Radio as she approached her 90th birthday.
“Remona and Her Father” in 1978 and “Remona Kibbi, age 8” in 1982 were named Newberry Honor Books.
Clear “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” and the sequels “Runaway Ralph” and “Ralph S Mouse.” The cat’s socks are told from the pet’s point of view about the struggle for acceptance when its owners have a child.
He was given a living legend in 2000 by the Library of Congress. In 2003, she was selected as the winner of the National Medal of the Arts and was nominated by President George W. Bush. Bush was found. It is widely acclaimed in literary circles.
As a child, she presented “A Girl from Yamhill”, and “My Own to Fit”, two parts of an autobiography for young readers, and the story of her college days and young adult years until the time of her first book.
“I seem to have grown up with an unusual memory. People are amazed by the things I remember. I think it comes from living in solitude on the farm where my main activity is observing.”
Cleary was born on April 12, 1916, in Beverly Bunn, McMinville, Oregon, and lived on a farm in Yamhill until his family moved to Portland when he was in school. She was a slow reader, whom she blamed for her illness, and a mid-excited first-class teacher who disciplined her by breaking a steel-tip pointer in the back of her hand.
“I had chicken pox, smallpox and tonsillitis in the first class and no one seemed to think it had anything to do with my reading difficulty.” “I just went mad and rebellious.”
“By the sixth or seventh grade,” I decided I would write children’s stories. “
Claire graduated from Nantario Junior College in California and the University of California at Berkeley, where she met her husband, Clarence. They married in 1940; Clarence Cleary died in 2004. They were the parents of twins, a boy and a girl born in 1955, who wrote their book “Mitch and Amy.”
Cleary studied library science at Washington University and worked as a children’s librarian at Yakima, Wakington, and a post-librarian at Auckland Army Hospital during World War II.
His books have been translated into more than a dozen languages, and inspired Japanese, Danish and Swedish television programs based on the Henry Higgins series. The 10-part PBS series, “Remona”, starred Canadian actress Sarah Polly. Joy King and Selena Gomez starred in the 2010 film “Remona and the Bees.”
Claire was once asked what her favorite character was.
“Does your mother have a favorite baby?” She replied.