Lucy Crane

(1842—1882) author

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(1842–1882), accomplished musician, author, and translator. Crane was rather overshadowed by her brother Walter, illustrator of the famous “toy books,” but in her lifetime she achieved a considerable reputation as an art critic and is remembered for the published version of her influential series of lectures on Art and the Formation of Taste (1882). She wrote verse and prose for publication in journals and arranged the songs in Walter Crane's Baby's Opera and Baby's Bouquet. In addition to producing rhyming versions of existing tales, she created original verses for the toy books, for example, “How Jessie was Lost” and “The Adventures of Puffy” and “The Fairy Ship.” This exchange of talent operated in both directions: Walter Crane's decorative vignettes enhance his sister's readable, if sometimes inaccurate, translation of a selection of Grimms’ Household Tales.

From The Oxford Encyclopedia of Children's Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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