Eleanor Clymer, author of the beloved Trolley Car Family, was born on January 7th, 1906, in New York City. She began making up stories and poems at the age of six and wrote and edited articles for the school magazine in high school.
Ms. Clymer received a degree in English from the University of Wisconsin and studied writing at Bank Street College and New York University.
Her first book, A Yard for John, was published in 1943. She went on to publish 58 books between 1943 and 1983, many of her stories based on her own family. She also wrote under the pseudonyms of Janet Bell and Elizabeth Kinsey. Some of her titles include Tiny Little House, My Brother Stevie, and The Horse in the Attic. Clymer died in March of 2001.