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William Steig
Nationality: 
american
Gender: 
Male
Birth Date: 
1907
Birth Place: 
Brooklyn, NY
Death Date: 
2003
Death Place: 
Boston, MA
William Steig (November 14, 1907 – October 3, 2003) was a prolific American cartoonist, sculptor and, later in life, an author of popular children's literature. Most noted for the books Sylvester and the Magic Pebble, Abel's Island and Doctor De Soto, he was also the writer and illustrator of Shrek, who inspired the popular movie series of the same name. Steig received acclaim not only for the quality of his illustrations but for the gracefulness of his prose style. The New York Times said Steig was "triumphant in the quality of his prose."