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Norman Bridwell dies at 86; creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog
Norman Bridwell dies at 86; creator of Clifford the Big Red Dog

Norman Bridwell, a soft-spoken illustrator whose impromptu story about a girl and her puppy marked the unlikely birth of the supersized franchise Clifford the Big Red Dog, has died. He was 86. Bridwell, who lived for decades on Martha's Vineyard off Cape Cod in Massachusetts, died Friday at Martha's Vineyard Hospital, where he had been for about three weeks after a fall at home in Edgartown, said his wife, Norma. He had several ailments, including a recurrence of prostate cancer. Starting in 1963 with "Clifford the Big Red Dog," Bridwell wrote and illustrated more than 40 Clifford books, including "Clifford and the Grouchy Neighbors" and "Clifford...

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