Biographical Information:

Dates: 1895-1987
Dates in Ridgefield: 1895-?

fiction writer, mystery writer, illustrator, artist (with works in the National Gallery of Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art), short story writer, poet, political cartoonist, educator

Words like "multimedia" weren’t used during most of her life, but Peggy Bacon was an accomplished artist in both words and pictures. Born on southern Main Street in 1895, the daughter of artist parents (her mother, Elizabeth Chase Bacon, operated The Elms Inn in the 1920s), Ms. Bacon studied and taught at the Art Students League and won a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1933. Her work appeared in many national magazines, including Vanity Fair (decorations and poems), Scribner's (illustrations), Stage (series of caricatures), The New Yorker (caricatures, poems, stories), Fortune (drawings), Town and Country (short stories and illustrations) Yale Review (short stories). But she was better known in publishing for her books: She wrote or illustrated more than 60 titles. Many were light-hearted children’s books dealing with cats (Lion-Hearted Kitten, Mercy and the Mouse, Off with Their Heads, etc.) She also wrote serious fiction, such as the 1952 mystery The Inward Eye and painted serious art; her works are in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and many other museums. She died in 1987 in Maine.

Titles (partial):
The Lion-Hearted Kitten, 1927
With Malice Toward Some (illustrator), 1938
The Good American Witch, 1957
The Oddity, 1962
The Magic Touch, 1968

--Sources: Notable Ridgefielders- Jack Sanders; Something About the Author Vol. 2


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