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Norton, Mary

Mary Spenser Norton was born in London, England on December 10th in 1903. She was raised in a house that would become the setting for many of her books in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. One of five children, she shared the house with her four brothers. After attending convent school, she became one of the troupe […]

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Norton, Andre

Andre Norton, born February 17th, 1912, is considered to be the Grand Dame of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Born Alice May Norton in Cleveland, Ohio, she began writing as a teenager, encouraged by a high school teacher. As many of her contemporary female writers did, she published under the name Andre, having legally changed her […]

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Newbery, John

      John Newbery, born on July 19, 1713, set up a bookshop and publishing house named the Bible and the Sun in London in 1744 and became one of the first to publish children’s books. In 1781, his firm published the first collection of nursery rhymes associated with Mother Goose. A Pretty Little […]

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Nixon, Joan Lowery

Joan Lowery Nixon, born on February 3rd, 1927, was the only four-time recipient of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for the Best Juvenile Mystery and she often said that she simply had to write! She relates that her mother remembered that Joan would say, “I have a poem, write it down,” even before she learned […]

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Newberry, Clare Turlay

Clare Turlay Newberry was born on April 10, 1903, in Enterprise, Oregon. She studied art at the University of Oregon, the California School of Fine Arts, and at La Grand Chaumiere in Paris, France. She focused on portrait painting but, in 1931, she wrote and illustrated her first book for children, Herbert the Lion. She […]

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Ness, Evaline

Evaline Ness was born on April 24, 1911 in Union City, Ohio. She studied at Ball State Teachers College before deciding to pursue a career in art. She married Elliot Ness, well-known member of the FBI (and the inspiration for The Untouchables), in 1938 and moved to Washington, D.C. She continued her studies at Corcoran […]

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Nesbit, Edith

Edith Nesbit was a trailblazer. Born on August 15, 1858, she wrote in the midst of the Victorian conventions of preaching to children through their books. Instead of preaching, E. Nesbit wrote to children as her equals because, “When I was a little child I used to pray fervently, tearfully, that when I should be […]

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