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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Enright  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:ADULT C:CHILD Fiction

Born: 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois

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Elizabeth was born in Oak Park and was the niece of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Biographical and Professional Information

Preparing for a career as an illustrator, Enright studied at the Art Students League of New York in 1927-28, and at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Enright also reviewed children's literature for The New York Times, taught creative writing at Barnard College, (1960–1962), and led writing seminars at colleges across the US. She began her career as a magazine illustrator, and at one point Enright developed a series of sketches with an African flair. She then wrote a story to go with them, and in 1935 her first book, Kintu: A Congo Adventure was published. It is significant that reviewers sometimes preferred the story over the pictures, as this encouraged Enright to turn more and more to writing.] After 1951 her children's books were illustrated by other artists.


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Awards

-- *Newberry Medal Winner, 1939 for '' Thimble Summer''