Ruth Hill Viguers

1903 - 1971



Ruth Hill Viguers
Born in 1903, Ruth Hill Viguers eventually became the third editor of the Horn Book Magazine in 1958. The 1950s saw an increase in the social realism portrayed in children's books, which created heated arguments and protests. The Horn Book reflected the tempest, and Ruth Viguers often stirred up readers with provocative editorials and by publishing controversial essays, such as Frances Clarke Sayers' "Walt Disney Accused." She was a widely traveled librarian, working at the Seattle Public Library, the New York Public Library, the International Institute for Girls in Madris, Spain, the American Library in Paris, France, an instructor in the Boone Library School in Wuchang, China.

Photograph from Horn Book

Selected Works
  • Viguers, Ruth H. et al. (1958). Illustrators of Children's Books, 1946-1956. Boston, Massachusetts: Horn Book.
  • Meigs, Cornelia, Elizabeth Nesbitt, Anne Thaxter Eaton, and Ruth Hill Viguers. (1953). A Critical History of Children's Literature. New York: Macmillan.

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