In Memory: Gerald McDermott


By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Obituary: Gerald McDermott from Publisher’s Weekly:

“Author, illustrator, and filmmaker Gerald McDermott died on December 26 at age 71. McDermott was a devoted, lifelong artist and was avidly interested in world mythologies.

“Early in his career, he created animated short films based on folklore and was a friend and colleague of mythologist and writer Joseph Campbell, becoming the first fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation.”

‘Anansi the Spider’ Author/Illustrator Gerald McDermott Dies at 71 from School Library Journal:

“His first children’s book, the Caldecott Honor Anansi the Spider (Holt, 1972), based upon his animated film, retold the traditional West African tale of the clever and mischievous trickster…”

2 thoughts on “In Memory: Gerald McDermott

  1. Back in my days as an Elementary School Librarian I read many of McDermott's books to my students. His stories well told and his illustrations were always so unique and expressive.

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