Emily Arnold McCully was born in Galesburg, Illinois, and grew
up "a daredevil child," always climbing trees or buildings. She
made it to college intact, however, and received her B.A. from
Brown University and an M.A. in art history from Columbia
Emily McCully''s artwork has been included in the International
Biennale at Bratislava, and she has won a Christopher Award for
Picnic, one of the many picture books that she has
both written and illustrated.
Writing also for adults, Ms. McCully has received grants from
the National Endowment for the Arts and New York State Council on
the Arts. Her book, A Craving was nominated for an
American Book Award.
The idea for Mirette on the High Wire began as
a biography of real-life daredevil Blondin. But the author changed
her mind to accomodate the tree-climbing child and risk-taking
adult she was and is.
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