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Burgess, Thornton Waldo

Thornton Waldo Burgess, born January 14th in 1874, was a naturalist and conservationist who used his observations to write more than 170 books and 15,000 stories for a syndicated daily newspaper column, Bedtime Stories. His first book, Old Mother West Wind, was published in 1910. Many of his books were illustrated by his friend, Harrison […]

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Burnett, Frances Hodgson

Born in Manchester, England, on November 24, 1849, Frances Eliza Hodgson moved, at age sixteen, to Knoxville, Tennessee with her mother. In 1872, her first story, “Hearts and Diamonds,” was published in Godey’s Ladies Book. Her first widely distributed story appeared in Scribner’s Magazine. A novel she wrote, That Lass o’ Lowrie’s, set in Lancashire, […]

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Burroughs, Edgar Rice

Tarzan’s creator, Edgar Rice Burroughs, was born on September 1, 1875 in Chicago, Illinois. Although he told many intriguing tales about his childhood, he was actually the son of a well-to-do family, attending a military academy. He served in the military for awhile, hoping to become an officer, but a heart murmur mustered him out […]

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Burton, Virginia Lee

Virginia Lee Burton was born on August 30, 1909 in Newton Centre, Massachusetts. She studied art at the California School of Fine Arts and the Boston Museum School. One of her earliest jobs was as a “sketcher” for the arts section of the Boston Transcript. She married George Demetrios, a sculptor and her teacher at […]

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Baum, L. Frank

Even though Judy Garland and MGM made the Wizard of Oz famous, the book is the brainchild of author L. Frank Baum, who was born on May 15, 1856. A sickly child, Baum spent his early years with his made-up playmates. His parents were worried about his mental wanderings and sent him to a military […]

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Barth, Edna

Edna Barth was born February 27, 1900 in Keokuk, Iowa. She worked as a librarian, a teacher, and an editor of books for young people before becoming the author of many well-known books for children. She is the author of I’m Nobody, Who Are You? The Story of Emily Dickinson; The Day Luis Was Lost; […]

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Barrie, J. M.

James Matthew Barrie was born in Kirriemuir Scotland, on May 9, 1860. James received his Master of Arts degree at Edinburgh University. After several years of working as a journalist he moved to London and it is there where Barrie wrote the play Peter Pan. James’s first marriage ended in divorce after several years. Barrie […]

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Beatty, Patricia

Patricia Beatty was born on August 26, 1922, in Lapush, Washington. Raised near the Quillayute reservation, she learned a great deal from these people about their culture and beliefs. These early impressions gave her a lifelong interest in history. When her husband, John Louis Beatty, took a job as a history professor at the University […]

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Baskin, Leonard

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Bagnold, Enid

Born on October 27, 1889, Enid Bagnold was the daughter of England’s Commander of the Royal Engineers. She was born in Rochester, Kent, spent her childhood in Jamaica, but went to school in England and Switzerland. In 1908, Ms. Bagnold was trained at Walter Sicket’s School of Art. In 1920, she married Sir Roderick Jones, who […]

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