Jane McCloskey will give an illustrated talk on her father, Robert McCloskey, Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at the downtown Camden Public Library.

Robert McCloskey is one of the most beloved American children’s authors of all time. His eight books, including “Make Way for Ducklings,” “One Morning in Maine,” “Time of Wonder” and “Burt Dow Deep-Water Man,” are 20th-century icons, winning two Caldecott Medals and two Caldecott Honors for Books. Yet little is known of his life. As his younger daughter Jane describes in “Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures,” a moving memoir of Bob and his family, he was a shy, quiet man, reluctant to talk about himself. His work spoke for him.

He and the family did indeed live on the Maine island that figures so largely in many of his books. But they also lived in New York State, in St. Thomas and among the ex-patriot artistic set in Taxco, Mexico, where his children watched him have a nervous breakdown that affected the rest of his life.

Bob McCloskey really did write and paint what he knew: from his Midwestern childhood to island life in Maine. Jane McCloskey chronicles the loving, difficult but productive family relationships in a way that will add depth and meaning to his wonderful books. “Robert McCloskey: A Private Life in Words and Pictures” has more than 50 examples of McCloskey’s art that have rarely been seen outside the family and nearly 50 more drawings and paintings from his books.

Jane McCloskey has been many things including house painter, Christmas wreath maker, environmentalist and writer. She lives in a house she built herself on Deer Isle, near the island where she grew up. She is Robert McCloskey’s younger daughter and appears in many of his books.

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by email to dernest@villagesoup.com.