Munro Leaf (1905-1976)
“Wilbur Monroe Leaf (a.k.a. Munro Leaf) (December 4, 1905 – December 21, 1976) was an American author of children’s literature who wrote and illustrated nearly 40 books during his 40-year career. He is best known for The Story of Ferdinand (1936), a children’s classic which he wrote on a yellow legal-length pad in less than an hour. Labeled as subversive, it stirred an international controversy.”
“By 1910 his family lived in Washington, D.C. where his father had established his career as a machinist at the Government Printing Office. Leaf graduated from the University of Maryland in 1927 where he had played lacrosse and been class treasurer.”
Leaf lived for many years in Garrett Park, MD, where he died in 1976.
Fun fact: Margaret Soltan, writer, lecturer, Professor Emerita at GWU, currently lives in Munro Leaf’s Garrett Park house.