- Ann T. Keene
Krauss, Ruth (25 July 1911–10 July 1993), writer and illustrator, was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the daughter of Julius Krauss and Blanche Rosenfield Krauss, whose occupations are unknown. Krauss's father and grandfather read to her when she was young, and she enjoyed making up her own stories and drawing pictures. In her early teens she enrolled at the Peabody Institute in Baltimore, where she studied the violin and piano and took art classes. During the 1930s Krauss moved to New York City, where she entered the Parsons School to study drawing and illustration, and she eventually earned a bachelor's degree. She also attended anthropology classes at Columbia University and underwent a lengthy psychoanalysis. She later credited her studies in various disciplines--music, art, anthropology, psychology--with making her a close observer of people, an asset she believed helped her become a successful writer....