Today we celebrate the birthday of children's novelist, #ELKonigsburg, author of || From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler || (1967) about young Claudia and Jamie from Connecticut who run away from home and live at the #MetropolitanMuseumOfArt for three days. A beloved book that's still read today (in fact I just gave a tour to 4th graders who were reading the book!). Fun Facts: The book was written in 1967 when the museum was much smaller. It's quoted in the book that the collection included about 365,000 objects. Today, the #MetMuseum collection is 2 million objects. And the building is much bigger, featuring additional wings for the American collection, the home to the Temple of Dendur, as well as the wing that houses Arts of the Africa, Oceania, and the Americas.
The period bed that Claudia and Jamie slept in is no longer on display, and the fountain within the restaurant where the children bathed in and then collected the "wishing" coins is no longer there. But you can still see the impressive Roman columns surrounding the Roman Sculpture Court that are illustrated by Konigsburg in the book. And on the cover, shown here? The Grand Staircase does not have a red carpet.
#Konigsburg won the #NewberyMedal for the book, a major motion picture with Ingrid Bergman was made in 1973, and a TV adaptation with Lauren Bacall was made in 1995.
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