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Children's Literature Collection


Juvenile Miscellany
Volume 24, Number 1 (Spring 1996)

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When longtime de Grummond contributor Janina Domanska passed away in 1995, she left a provision in her will for the establishment of the Janina Domanska Foundation to be administered by the de Grummond Collection. Her $10,000 bequest will be used to fund an endowment, and the interest will be used to further the study of children's book illustration. Detailed guidelines have not as yet been established.

Janina Domanska was born and raised in Warsaw, Poland. Soon after her graduation from the Academy of Fine Arts in 1939, World War II began and she was sent to a prison camp. A prominent Polish doctor recognized her artistic talents and arranged for her release. After spending the duration of the war living with the doctor's family, Domanska returned to her home. In 1952, she emigrated to the United States with the aid of the Rescue Committee for Artists and Writers.

Domanska began her work in the United States as a freelance artist and textile designer. She began illustrating children's books in 1960 with the publication of The Key to London. During her lifetime Domanska wrote and/or illustrated more than forty books, the most famous ones being If All the Seas Were One (Macmillan, 1971) and King Krakus and the Dragon (Greenwillow, 1979). Her most recent book, A Was an Angler, was published by Greenwillow in 1991.



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