Phyllis McGinley’s poetry is often quoted, especially after her book of light verse, Times Three, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1960. Born on March 21, 1905, in Ontario, Oregon, her family moved to Utah and Colorado before she received her diploma from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City and began teaching school.
A job teaching junior high took her to New York, where she soon began earning a reputation as a writer and poet. This former teacher, copywriter, and poetry editor for Town and Country magazine also has children’s books to her credit, including The Horse that Lived Upstairs (1944) and How Mrs. Santa Claus Saved Christmas (1963). Her picture book The Most Wonderful Doll in the World, illustrated by Helen Stone, was a Caldecott Honor book in 1951. Ms. McGinley died in 1978.