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Between worlds : the autobiography of Leo Lionni.

Author: Leo Lionni
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Born in Holland, half Jewish, raised in Amsterdam, Brussels, Genoa, Philadelphia - Lionni is a man of many languages and cultures but no real home. His story is one of a constant search, a search that takes him from an ideal early childhood to a strict education in Italy that proved largely irrelevant to his future, and then to exile from Fascist Italy in America; from being a highly political aspiring artist to
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Genre/Form: Autobiographies
Biography
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999.
Between worlds.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1997
(OCoLC)605235792
Named Person: Leo Lionni; Leo Lionni; Leo Lionni
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Leo Lionni
ISBN: 0679423931 9780679423935
OCLC Number: 36498949
Description: 295 pages, [24] pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm
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Born in Holland, half Jewish, raised in Amsterdam, Brussels, Genoa, Philadelphia - Lionni is a man of many languages and cultures but no real home. His story is one of a constant search, a search that takes him from an ideal early childhood to a strict education in Italy that proved largely irrelevant to his future, and then to exile from Fascist Italy in America; from being a highly political aspiring artist to becoming a highly successful advertising director (he invented the famous "Never underestimate the power of a woman" campaign) and a powerful force in the world of graphics as the art director of Fortune magazine; from life in the affluent commuter world of Connecticut to a return to Italy and the life of an artist. After all this - a full life by any account - he finds yet another successful vocation as the author and illustrator of children's books that have sold millions of copies throughout the world.

Lionni tells his story - it encompasses his early romance and happy marriage, and his countless extraordinary friends and acquaintances - in the most elegant and persuasive prose, the kind of English that only a distinguished European can write. And since his story is also the story of a lifetime of creativity, throughout the book are examples, in color and black-and-white, of his remarkable body of work - painting, sculpture, ceramics, mosaics, photography, graphics, and, of course, illustration. This is an autobiography both of great intellectual and artistic sophistication and of large human appeal.

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