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Ludwig Bemelmans

Biography

Ludwig Bemelmans

In the early 1930s Ludwig Bemelmans met May Massee, the children's book editor at Viking Press, who became a sort of partner. He began to publish children's books, beginning with Hansi in 1934. He published the first Madeline book in 1939; after being rejected by Viking, it was published by Simon and Schuster.

In 1953, he fell in love with a small bistro in Paris, La Colombe in the Ile de la Cité, and bought it. He painted murals therein and owned the place for two years before selling it to Michel Valette, who converted it into a notable cabaret.

Bemelmans also wrote a number of adult books, including travel and humorous works, as well as movie scripts. The latter included Yolanda and the Thief. While spending time in Hollywood, he became a close friend of interior decorator Elsie de Wolfe, Lady Mendl.

A mural on the walls of the Carlyle Hotel's Bemelmans Bar in New York City, Central Park, is his only artwork on display to the public. He painted the children's dining room on Aristotle Onassis's yacht Christina (now the Christina O), for the young daughter of the magnate, Christina Onassis.

Ludwig Bemelmans

Books by Ludwig Bemelmans

written by Ludwig Bemelmans with introduction by Anna Quindlen - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

For over 60 years, Madeline's adventures have enthralled her ever-growing audience. This collection brings together all six of the Madeline books in one volume. Every well-loved word and picture is here, plus an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anna Quindlen, an essay by Ludwig Bemelmans on how he created Madeline, and working sketches of Madeline, as well as photos of the Bemelmans family.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

It's the night before Christmas and everyone is sick in bed. All except brave Madeline, who is up and about and feeling just fine. Taking care of eleven little girls and Miss Clavel is hard work, but Madeline finds help from a magical merchant peddling flying carpets door-to-door. Now the girls are going on a Christmas journey that will surely make them forget their sniffles and sneezes.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Madeline and Pepito have run off to join the carnival with a band of traveling gypsies! At first they're having the time of their lives, but then they get homesick. Leave it to clever Miss Clavel to find Madeline and Pepito and bring them home.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

The Spanish Ambassador has moved next door, and Madeline knows right away that his son, Pepito, is bad news. He's mean to animals! Then one day Pepito goes too far --- will a run-in with an angry cat be enough to reform this bad hat?

by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans Marciano - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

In this beautiful gift book, John Bemelmans Marciano has brought to fruition a neverbefore-published manuscript written by his grandfather Ludwig --- the tale of Madeline's only trip to America and her holiday adventures. Includes two more of Bemelmans's wonderful Christmas stories.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Nothing frightens Madeline --- not tigers, not mice, not even getting sick. To Madeline, a trip to the hospital is a grand adventure.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

Pepito has moved to England. To help celebrate his birthday, Miss Clavel and the girls pay him a visit. When his mother won't let Pepito keep one of his birthday presents --- a horse --- Madeline is more than willing to help out.

by Ludwig Bemelmans - Children's, Children's 3-6, Fiction

The lively adventures of the 12 famous little girls and Genevieve, the dog, take us once more to Bemelmans' unique and delightful Paris.