Posted on March 11, 2024 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

The New York Times has marked the passing of writers Petra Mathers and William Whitworth.

Mathers, who died February 6 at age seventy-eight, wrote and illustrated a number of children's books.

Her first book, Maria Theresa, set the tone for her literary career with its depiction of a chicken who goes on a number of adventures beyond the coop.

Whitworth, who died March 9 at age eighty-seven, was known for his editorial work at The Atlantic and The New Yorker as well as his own writing for the latter; his profile of foreign policy adviser Eugene V. Rostow later became a book, Naïve Questions About War and Peace.

Writers such as Robert A. Caro expressed gratitude for Whitworth's work, and Garrison Keillor credited Whitworth with inspiring him to create what became the show "A Prairie Home Companion."

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