Author & Illustrator

Mordicai Gerstein

Biography

<p><b>Mordicai Gerstein (1935-2019)</b> is the author and illustrator of <i>The Man Who Walked Between the Towers</i>, winner of the Caldecott Medal, and has had many books named <i>New York Times</i> Best Illustrated Books of the Year. </p><p>Gerstein was born in Los Angeles in 1935. He remembers being inspired as a child by images of fine art, which his mother cut out of <i>Life</i> magazine, and by children’s books from the library: “I looked at Rembrandt and Superman, Matisse and Bugs Bunny, and began to make my own pictures.” He attended Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles, and then got a job in an animated cartoon studio that sent him to New York, where he designed characters and thought up ideas for TV commercials. When a writer named Elizabeth Levy asked him to illustrate a humorous mystery story about two girls and a dog, his book career began, and soon he moved on to writing as well as illustrating.</p><p>The author of more than forty books, Gerstein lived in Westhampton, Massachusetts.</p>

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