Meet William Steig, Author of "Amos & Boris"

SCR Staff
 | May 23, 2018
William Steig

​Author William Steig

William Steig (1907-2003) was a cartoonist, illustrator and author of award-winning books for children, including Shrek!, on which the DreamWorks movies are based, and Amos & Boris (featured in a stage adaptation as part of SCR's Theatre for Young Audiences series). Steig was born in New York City, where every member of his family was involved in the arts, and so it was no surprise when he decided to become an artist. He attended City College and the National Academy of Design. In 1930, Steig’s work began appearing in The New Yorker, where his drawings have been a popular fixture ever since.

Steig published his first children’s book, Roland the Minstrel Pit, in 1968. In 1970, he received the Caldecott Medal for Sylvester and the Magic Pebble. In 1971, Amos ​& Boris was published and became a National Book Award Finalist. His books for children also include Dominic; The Real Thief; The Amazing Bone; and Doctor De Soto, A Newbery Honor Book. On the basis of his entire body of work, Steig was selected as the 1982 U.S. candidate for the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration and subsequently as the 1988 U.S. candidate for writing. Steig also published 13 collections of drawings for adults, beginning with About People in 1939, and including The Lonely Ones; Male/Female; The Agony in The Kindergarten; and Our Miserable Life. He died in Boston at the age of 95.

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