Shrek made his debut in Steig’s unusual 1990 illustrated picture of the same title. The character derives nothing but pleasure from being truly nasty; after being kicked out of a black hole in which he hatched, Shrek slogs off on a quest to find the most stunningly ugly princess he can find. This hideous tale went on to inspire three major motion pictures and a Broadway musical.
Known for his New Yorker cartoons and illustrations, William Steig found a later career as a children’s book artist, creating such tales as the Caldecott Award-winning Sylvester and the Magic Pebble (1969); The Amazing Bone (1976); and the Newbery Award-winning Doctor De Soto (1982).
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