Individual Author Record
Name: Florence AtwaterPen Name: Florence Hasseltine Carroll Atwater, Florence Hasseltine Atwater Genre: C:CHILD Fiction Born: 1889 Sites:
Illinois ConnectionAtwater attended the University of Chicago and studied French Literature.
Biographical and Professional InformationFlorence Atwater was married to the author Richard Atwater. Mr. Atwater originally wrote a form of ''Mr. Popper's Penguins'' to be a fantasy book. It was much enjoyed by his daughters but he set it aside, not happy with it. In 1934, Mr. Atwater suffered a stroke and, though he survived till 1948, he never recovered sufficiently to write again. To help support the family, Florence Atwater wrote a number of articles for the ''New Yorker'' and ''The Atlantic''. Looking for ways to make additional income she went back to Atwater's original manuscript and took it to a couple of publishers. Both rejected it. She reviewed the script and rewrote the beginning and the end, counterbalancing the fantasy with a story line that accentuated practical consequences. This revised version, illustrated by the Robert Lawson, received a much more positive reception from publishers and ''Mr. Popper's Penguins'' was published in 1938 to immediate acclaim. It won a 1939 Newberry Honor and has been in print ever since.
''Mr. Popper's Penguins'', Little Brown, 1938 - written with her husband, Richard Atwater