Margaret Wise Brown: Author, Children’s Book Author, Editor
Blanche Oelrichs (aka Michael Strange): Poet, Actress, ex-wife of John Barrymore
About the relationship:
Despite a twenty year difference in age (or the fact that it was the mid-Twentieth Century), Margaret Wise Brown’s and Blanche Oelrichs’ relationship began in 1940. The two worked together earlly in Brown’s career, with Oelrichs offering advice and insight to the young writer. Over time, the two’s professional standing changed to a romantic relationship. They were together ten years and lived together in Manhattan from 1943-1950. Oelrichs died in 1950.
How do you know either of these people?
Many of us grew up on Margaret Wise Brown’s books.
Books Written by Margaret Wise Brown (and published) during their relationship:
The Runaway Bunny (Harper & Row, 1942)
Red Light Green Light(Doubleday, Doran and Company, 1944)
They All Saw It, illustrated by Ylla (Harper & Brothers, 1944)
Little Fur Family (Harper & Brothers, 1946)
The Little Island (Doubleday, 1946)
Little Lost Lamb (Doubleday, 1945)
Goodnight Moon(Harper & Brothers, 1947)
The Sleepy Little Lion, illustrated by Ylla (Harper & Brothers, 1947)
Wait till the Moon is Full (Harper & Brothers, 1948)