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McCaffrey, Anne

Born April 1, 1926, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Anne McCaffrey was a respected science fiction author. The 14 novels in her Dragonriders of Pern series are widely read, as are her many other books, including Restoree, The Ship Who Sang, and Acorna. She graduated from Radcliffe College with a major in Slavonic languages and literature. She […]

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White, T.H.

T.H. White was born in Bombay, India, on May 29, 1906, where his father was a civil servant. White was sent to England for schooling, attending Cheltenham, then Cambridge. He was the English master at Stowe School from 1930-1936, after which he devoted his time to writing. White’s first critical success was England Have My […]

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Tolkein, J.R.R.

John Ronald Reuel Tolkien, born January 3, 1892, in Bloemfontein, South Africa, was a man of diverse accomplishments, centered around the English language, especially Old and Middle English. Professor of Anglo-Saxon at Oxford, he also wrote a couple of stories, including The Hobbit (1937) and The Lord of the Rings (1954-1955), which have spent months […]

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Kendall, Carol

Carol Kendall was born on September 13, 1917, in Bucyrus, Ohio. She received an AB degree from Ohio University. Her first novel was an adult mystery, The Black Seven, published in 1946. Her protagonist in that book was a twelve-year-old. She enjoyed writing about children so much that she soon published two mystery novels for […]

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Jones, Diana Wynne

I first read a book by Diana Wynne Jones in 1976. It was Cart and Cwidder and I was determined to find everything else she had written. But she was an English writer and she had only written four other books at that point, so her books were not easy to find. I waited, not patiently. […]

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Hunter, Mollie

Maureen Mollie Hunter was born on June 30, 1922, in East Lothian, Scotland. She married Thomas McIlwraith in 1940, but continued to write under the pen name Mollie Hunter. Her books were published throughout the English-speaking countries and she was asked to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture in 1975. She is well-known for her […]

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Rackham, Arthur

British illustrator Arthur Rackham was born on Sept. 19th, 1867. He grew up as one of twelve children and trained as an insurance clerk. He studied art at night and changed careers after eight years of study. He began work as a full time illustrator for the Westminster Budget, a London newspaper. He began illustrating […]

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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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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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Alexander, Lloyd

Lloyd Chudley Alexander was born on January 30th. He was reading by the time he was three, and always with a great fondness for mythology. He didn’t enjoy school, his grades weren’t good, but he worked in a bank to earn his college tuition. He dropped out of college after one term and joined the […]

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