Anne Eleanor Emery
Born: 1907 in Fargo, North Dakota
Died: 1984 Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Emery and her family moved to Evanston when she was nine years old. Biography: Anne Emery attended Evanston Township High School and Northwestern University. Following her graduation from college, her father, a university professor, took the family of five children abroad for a year, where they visited his birthplace in Northern Ireland, as well as the British Isles, France, Switzerland, and Italy. Anne spent nine months studying at the University of Grenoble in France. She taught seventh and eighth grades for four years in the Evanston Schools, and fourth and fifth grades for six more years after her marriage to John Emery. She retired from teaching to care for her husband and five children. In addition to managing her household, Anne took part in numerous community activities. Eventually, Anne wrote short stories and books for girls becoming one of the most popular authors of teen fiction.