Clifford creator Bridwell dies at 86

December 17, 2014 11:12 PM

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Norman Bridwell, the creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog, a figure who looms as large in toddler lit as the great white whale does in the American canon, died Friday on Martha's Vineyard in Massachusetts. He was 86.

Bridwell was an out-of-work commercial artist living in New York when he sold the idea for a book about a dog big enough for his loving owner, a little girl, to ride. That had been his own fantasy as a little boy, he said.

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