David Macaulay





David Macaulay


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in Lancashire, England, The United Kingdom
December 02, 1946

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David Macaulay, born in 1946, was eleven when his parents moved from England to Bloomfield, New Jersey. He found himself having to adjust from an idyllic English childhood to life in a fast paced American city. During this time he began to draw seriously, and after graduating from high school he enrolled in the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). After spending his fifth year at RISD in Rome on the European Honors Program, he received a bachelor’s degree in architecture and vowed never to practice. After working as an interior designer, a junior high school teacher, and a teacher at RISD, Macaulay began to experiment with creating books. He published his first book, Cathedral, in 1973. Following in this tradition, Macaulay created other b ...more

Average rating: 4.09 · 18,889 ratings · 1,764 reviews · 47 distinct works · Similar authors
Black and White

3.76 avg rating — 3,257 ratings — published 1990 — 10 editions
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Castle

4.21 avg rating — 2,720 ratings — published 1977 — 18 editions
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The Way Things Work

4.32 avg rating — 2,018 ratings — published 1988 — 20 editions
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The New Way Things Work

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Cathedral: The Story of Its...

4.23 avg rating — 1,321 ratings — published 1973 — 20 editions
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Motel of the Mysteries

4.14 avg rating — 1,086 ratings — published 1979 — 13 editions
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Pyramid

4.12 avg rating — 871 ratings — published 1975 — 15 editions
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City: A Story of Roman Plan...

4.21 avg rating — 828 ratings — published 1974 — 16 editions
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The Way We Work: Getting to...

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Underground

4.21 avg rating — 286 ratings — published 1976 — 12 editions
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“What I remember most clearly is how it felt. I’d just finished painting a red fire engine-like the one I often walked past near my grandparents’ house. Suddenly the teachers, whose names I've long forgotten, closed in on my desk. They seemed unusually impressed, and my still dripping fire engine was immediately and ceremoniously pinned up. I don’t know what they might have said, but their unexpected attention and having something I’d made given a place of honor on the wall created an overwhelming and totally unfamiliar sense of pride inside me. I loved that feeling, and I wanted to feel it again and again. That desire, I suppose, was the beginning of my career.
I have no idea where my fire engine painting ended up, but I never forgot the basic layout. Several decades later, it served as the inspiration for this sketch for an illustration in a book called Why the chicken crossed the Road.”
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