Madeline Brandeis

In her novels and movies, Madeline Brandeis offered children windows into a multitude of other cultures. Brandeis travelled the world, taking photographs that she then used to illustrate books that celebrated diverse traditions from across the globe. These books included her Children of All Lands series, first published in 1933, and Six Face the World in 1938. Her work also delved into the histories of different cultures: in The Little Swiss Wood-Carver, a boy carries on his artisan father’s work, and in The Little Spanish Dancer, a girl remembers her foremothers defying persecution to keep their traditions alive by hiding in caves where they taught the next generation of dancers. In her short career, Brandeis wrote dozens of books and produced eight movies for children and adolescents. She died at age thirty-nine of injuries sustained in a car accident.

Topics: Photography, Fiction

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Madeline Brandeis and her daughter Marie on the dust jacket of her book "The Little Swiss Wood Carver", published in 1929.

Date of Birth

San Francisco, CA
United States

Date of Death

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