William Rossa Cole
|William Rossa Cole|
November 20, 1919|
Staten Island, New York
|Died||August 2, 2000
New York City
|Occupation||Writer, poet, anthologist, editor|
|Genre||light verse, children's literature, anthology|
|Notable works||I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems, Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems, The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems|
Cole was born on November 20, 1919 to William Harrison Cole and Margaret O'Donovan-Rossa of Staten Island, New York. He was the younger brother of Rossa Willam Cole. His grandfather was the Irish Fenian leader Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa.
After military service in World War II, Cole took various jobs in the publishing industry, serving as publicity director at Alfred A. Knopf, publicity director and editor at Simon & Schuster, and publisher of William Cole Books at Viking Press. He was also a prolific writer and anthologist, editing and authoring over 75 books, as well as columns in Saturday Review. Many of his books were honoured by the American Library Association, including I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems (named a notable book of 1958, and on the List of Notable Children's Books of 1940–1959), Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems (named a notable book of 1964), and The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems (honoured in 1965).
- I Went to the Animal Fair: A Book of Animal Poems
- Beastly Boys and Ghastly Girls: Poems
- The Birds and Beasts Were There: Animal Poems
- Poem Stew
- Sex: "The Most Fun You Can Have Without Laughing" …and Other Quotations (with Louis Phillips)
- Folk Songs of England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales (editor)
- Cat-hater's Handbook, or, the Ailurophobe's Delight (with Tomi Ungerer)
- Poems of Magic and Spells
- Pith & Vinegar: An Anthology of Short Humorous Poetry (editor)
- Oh, What Nonsense! (with Tomi Ungerer)
- Have I Got Dogs!
- A Zooful of Animals
- Heaney, Seamus (October–November 2001). "In Memory of Bill Cole". The Brooklyn Rail. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
- Pace, Eric (August 8, 2000). "William Rossa Cole, 80, Author And Editor of Children's Books". The New York Times. Retrieved December 26, 2013.