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Fanny Cory

Fanny Young Cory (October 17, 1877 – July 28, 1972)[1] was an artist and illustrator best known for her comic strip Little Miss Muffet, syndicated by King Features.[2] She did both art and writing on "Sonnysayings."[3][4] She went by several names: F. Y. Cory, F. Cory Cooney and Fanny Cory Cooney but eventually used Fanny Y. Cory as her professional name. She sometimes used FYC as a signature on her early work.

Born in Waukegan, Illinois, she was 14 when she went art school in Helena, Montana. At the age of 17, she arrived in New York and enrolled at the Art Students League.

She did covers and interior illustrations for Century, Harper's Bazaar, Life, Scribner's, The Saturday Evening Post and St. Nicholas.

The Little Miss Muffet comic book was published in 1948 and 1949 by Best Books.

Book illustration

She illustrated L. Frank Baum's books, The Master Key and The Enchanted Island of Yew.[5]

She illustrated Marion Hill, The Pettison Twins, McClure, Phillips & Co, 1906.

She died in 1972 in Stanwood, Washington.


  1. L. Frank Baum: Authors and Artists for Young Adults, Volume 46. Gale Group, 2002

External links

  • "Growing Up In Montana With Pioneer Artist F.Y. Cory" (Cooney)", reminiscences from her relatives
  • UNCG American Publishers' Trade Bindings: Fanny Y. Cory
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