Conrad Buff

Conrad Buff

Born in Speicher, Switzerland on August 31, 1886 Conrad Buff grew up on a farm. He emigrated to America in 1904 where he worked in various jobs and pursued his hobby of painting, until becoming recognised as a talented artist. He settled in the West, after falling in love with its landscape.

In 1922, he married Mary Jordan Marsh, with whom he later had two sons. Eventually they became a husband and wife writing team.

Between 1937 and 1968, they collaborated on both text and illustrations to produce 14 books, with Mary mainly writing the story and her husband illustrating. These stories reflect their backgrounds, featuring both the American West and Swtizerland. The theme of nature is also recurrent in their works.

Their books had a profound impact on children's literature in the middle of the 20th century; four times they were a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal or Newbery Medal, although only Apple and the Arrow was a Newbery Honor medalist.

Conrad died in 1975, surviving his wife by five years.

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5 Items found
Apple and the Arrow
by Conrad & Mary Buff
from Sandpiper Books
Realistic Fiction/Historical Fiction for 4th-6th grade
1952 Newbery Honor Book
in Historical Fiction (Location: FIC-HIF)
$9.99
Big Tree
by Mary Buff, Conrad Buff
1st Edition from Viking Press
for Preschool-2nd grade
1947 Newbery Honor Book
in Picture Books (Location: PICTURE)
Dash & Dart
by Mary & Conrad Buff
from Viking Press
1943 Caldecott Honor Book
Forest Folk
by Mary & Conrad Buff
Fifth Printing, 1967 from Viking Press
for 2nd-4th grade
in Animal Stories (Location: FIC-ANI)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Magic Maize
by Mary & Conrad Buff
from Houghton Mifflin
1952 Newbery Honor Book