Johnny Barton Gruelle

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General Information

Name: Johnny Barton Gruelle

Pen Name: Johnny Gruelle

Born: December 24, 1880 in Arcola, Illinois

Died: January 9, 1038 in Miami, Florida

Illinois Connection

Gruelle was born in Arcola, Illinois and lived there until 1882.

Biographical and Professional Information

Johnny Gruelle was a freelance illustrator, essayist, columnist, cartoonist and magazine writer, but he was best known for creating Raggedy Ann and Raggedy Andy - the whimsical dolls and storybook characters that brought him national acclaim.

Gruelle's family moved to Indianapolis when he was two years old. There, he was a cartoonist for the Indianapolis Star. His cartoons also appeared in many newspapers, usually signed as Grue. They included Cleveland Press, The Toledo News-Bee, The Pittsburgh Press, The Tacoma Times, and The Spokane Press. He was a comic strip artist for the New York Herald.

During his life, Gruelle lived in Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, Oregon and Florida.

Published Works

  • Ethel Fairmont, Rhymes for Kindly Children, Wise Paslow, 1937, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann Goes Sailing, McLoughlin, 1941, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Nice Fat Policeman, J. Gruelle, 1942, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann and the Betsy Bonnet String, J. Gruelle, 1943, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann in the Snow White Castle, J.Gruelle, 1946, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Kindly Ragman, Bobbs Merrill, 1977, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Witchie Kissabye, Bobbs Merill, 1977, ISBN:
  • Raggedy Granny Stories (Illustrator), Grosset & Dunlap, 1997, ISBN:
  • The Raggedy Ann & Andy Storybook, Grosset & Dunlap, 1980, ISBN:
  • The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm (Illustrator), Derrydale Books, 1981, ISBN:

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

Literary Awards


External Links

Johnny Gruelle on WorldCat

Johnny Gruelle on Amazon


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