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Hans Augusto Rey

Hans Augusto Rey

Male 1898 - 1977  (78 years)

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  • Name Hans Augusto Rey 
    Born 16 Sep 1898  Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Biography http://www.houghtonmifflinbooks.com/features/cgsite/curiousaboutgeorge.shtml

    H. A. Rey
    From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia



    Portrait taken in 1972 by Elsa Dorfman.
    Hans Augusto "H.A." Rey (September 16, 1898 – August 26, 1977), together with his wife Margret Rey, were the authors and illustrators of children's books, best known for their Curious George series. Hans (who was born Hans Augusto Reyersbach in Hamburg, Germany) and Margret actually met in Brazil, where Hans was a salesman and Margret had gone to escape the rise of Nazism. They married in 1935 and moved to Paris that same year.
    Contents [hide]
    1 Curious George Book Series
    2 Star Charts
    3 External links
    4 References

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    Curious George Book Series
    While in Paris, Hans's animal drawings came to the attention of a French publisher, who commissioned him to write a children's book. The result, Cecily G. and the Nine Monkeys, is little remembered today, but one of its characters, an adorably impish monkey named Curious George, was such a success that the couple considered writing a book just about him. Their work was interrupted with the outbreak of World War II. As Jews, the Reys decided to flee Paris before the Nazis seized the city. Hans built two bicycles, and they fled Paris just a few hours before it fell. Among the meager possessions they brought with them was the illustrated manuscript of Curious George. [1][2]

    The Reys' odyssey brought them to the Spanish border, where they bought train tickets to Lisbon. From there they returned to Brazil, where they had met five years earlier, but this time they continued to New York. The books were published by Houghton Mifflin in 1941, though certain changes had to be introduced because of the technology of the time. Hans and Margret originally planned to use watercolors to illustrate the books, but since they were responsible for the color separation, he changed these to the cartoon-like images that continue to feature in each of the books. (A collector's edition with the original watercolors was recently released.)

    Curious George was an instant success, and the Reys were commissioned to write more adventures of the mischievous monkey and his friend, the Man in the Yellow Hat. They wrote seven stories in all, with Hans mainly doing the illustrations and Margret working mostly on the stories, though they both admitted to sharing the work and cooperating fully in every stage of development. At first, however, Margret's name was left off the cover, ostensibly because there was a glut of women already writing children's fiction. In later editions, this was corrected, and Margret now receives full credit for her role in developing the stories.

    The Reys moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1963, in a house close to Harvard Square. Hans lived there until his death. A children's bookstore named Curious George (formerly Curious George Goes To Wordsworth) operates nearby in the Square.


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    Star Charts
    Whether they are aware of it or not, millions of amateur astronomers see the constellations through Rey's eyes. Before the 1952 publication of Rey's The Stars: A New Way to See Them, (ISBN 0-395-24830-2) star charts used a conventional set of diagrams that seemed arbitrary, were hard to remember, and relied on dim stars that, regrettably, are hard to see today in populated areas. Rey invented a new set of constellation diagrams that corresponded to what could be seen from a suburban backyard on an ordinary night. He was successful in finding shapes that could really be seen as cartoonish depictions of the creature or character the constellations was supposed to represent—or, at least, were memorable. His constellation diagrams were widely adopted and now appear in many astronomy guides, such as Menzel's A Field Guide to the Stars and Planets. As of 2003 The Stars: A New Way to See Them, and a simplified presentation for children called Find the Constellations, are still in print.
    Dr. Lena Y. de Grummond, a professor in the field of library science (specializing in children's literature) at The University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Miss. contacted the Reys in 1966 about the university's new children's literature collection. H.A. and Margret made a donation of a pair of sketches at the time. In 1996, after Margret's death, it was revealed in her will that the entire literary estate of the Reys were to be donated to the de Grummond Children's Literature Collection at Southern Mississippi.  [1
    Hebrew Birth 29 Elu 5658 
    Holocaust The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H.A. Rey--Houghton Miffling 
    Hebrew Death 12 Elu 5737 
    Occupation Children book publisher 
    Residence Hamburg, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Paris, France Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence New York, NY, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence Cambridge, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Social Security Number 085-28-9670 
    Died 26 Aug 1977  Cambridge, MA, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7838  Blank Family
    Last Modified 23 May 2010 

    Family ID F5587  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Sep 1898 - Hamburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Hamburg, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Paris, France Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - New York, NY, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - - Cambridge, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 26 Aug 1977 - Cambridge, MA, USA Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Rey Hans Augusto
    Rey Hans Augusto

    Histories
    'Curious George Saves the Day' at the Jewish Museum - WSJ.com
    'Curious George Saves the Day' at the Jewish Museum - WSJ.com
    Exhibit on Curious George's Escape Opens
    Exhibit on Curious George's Escape Opens
    The Jewish Museum - Special Exhibition - Curious George Saves the Day_ The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey
    The Jewish Museum - Special Exhibition - Curious George Saves the Day_ The Art of Margret and H.A. Rey

  • Sources 
    1. [S78] Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia.


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