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Harold Berson
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Born (1926-11-23)November 23, 1926
New York, New York, United States
Died February, 1986 (aged 59)
New York, New York, United States
Occupation Writer, illustrator
Language English
Nationality American
Citizenship United States
Education B.A. Sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), 1953
Genre Folk tales
Subject North Africa, Middle East, Europe
Years active 1956 - 1983
Spouse Paula Berson (née Winter)

Harold Berson (23 November 1926 – February 1986) was an American illustrator and author, primarily of children's books.

Early life and education

Berson was born in New York City, grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied art in Paris.


Berson travelled extensively in Turkey, North Africa and Europe with his wife, artist Paula Winter Berson. He began illustrating books in the late 1950s, mainly working in brush and ink and watercolor. His works include a number of self-illustrated retellings of traditional folk tales of those regions.

In a 1973 profile in the magazine Something About the Author, Berson said, "I love illustrating. I usually work in pen or brush and ink, mainly the latter. I use watercolor for the color, usually preseparated." Berson collaborated with many authors, including Barbara K. Walker, one-time curator of the Uysal–Walker Archive of Turkish Oral Narrative at Texas Tech University, illustrating a number of her works, including:

  • Watermelons, Walnuts, and the Wisdom of Allah, and Other Tales of the Hoca (1967)
  • Pigs and Pirates: a Greek Tale (1969)
  • New Patches for Old (1975)
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