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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Sterling North  

Pen Name: None

Genre: C:CHILD C:YA Fiction

Born: 1906 in Edgerton, Wisconsin


Illinois Connection

North attended the University of Chicago and worked at the Chicago Daily News from 1929 to 1943.

Biographical and Professional Information

Sterling North was born Thomas Sterling North. He was a prolific writer of short stories, poetry, biography and novels. After graduating from Edgerton High School, North worked his way through attending the University of Chicago and began his writing career. He wrote for many papers and magazines, including New York World-Telegram, the New York Sun, Reader's Digest, The Atlantic, Esquire, and Holiday. After leaving the University of Chicago, North worked as a reporter at the Chicago Daily News, eventually moving up to work as the literary editor. In 1957, he became the general editor of Houghton Mifflin's North Star Books. He also had two of his books made into major motion pictures by Walt Disney - ''Rascal'', his autobiographical story about raising a raccoon, in 1969 and ''So Dear to My Heart'' in 1949 which also garnered the an Academy Award nomination for best song: ''Lavender Blue'', sung by Burl Ives.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Rascal''''' *Newbery Honor, 1964 *Sequoyah Book Award, 1966 *Young Reader's Choice Award, 1966 *Over 2.5 million copies sold