1978 Notable Authors

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Roy Chapman Andrews
Melvin Richard Ellis
Marguerite Henry
George Frost Kennan
Lorine Niedecker

Roy Chapman Andrews, 1884-1960

 Graduated from Beloit College.

  • Famous explorer and naturalist.
  • Was director of the American Museum of Natural History.
  • Led the first great scientific expedition into the Gobi Desert.
  • Was the leading authority on the life and habits of whales before he was thirty.
  • "Roy Chapman Andrews has never written a dull book or an unscientific one." - Current Biography, 1941, p. 27.

 Melvin Richard Ellis, 1912-1984

  • Conservationist - his home in southern Wisconsin is an animal and bird sanctuary.
  • Outdoor editor of Milwaukee Journal for fifteen years. 
    Associate editor of Field and Stream for twelve years.
  • Has written sixteen books of fiction and non-fiction.
  • Has received numerous writing and conservation awards, among them the Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award for his novel, Flight of the White Wolf, in 1972, and the Audubon Award in 1973.

Marguerite Henry, 1902-1997

  • Born in Milwaukee, graduated from Milwaukee State Teachers' College.
  • Most acclaimed for her horse books, of which there are about two dozen.
  • King of the Wind won a Newbery Award in 1949. 
  • Justin Morgan Had a Horse

and Misty of Chincoteague received Newbery Honor Awards. 

  • Misty of Chincoteague, Brighty of the Grand Canyon and Justin Morgan Had a Horse have been made into films.
  • San Domingo: the Medicine Hat Stallion was adapted for television.

George Frost Kennan, 1904-

  • Born in Milwaukee, graduated from St. John's Military Academy.
  • Former Ambassador to Russia and leading expert on the Soviet Union.
  • Russia Leaves the War received the Pulitzer Prize for history, the National Book Award, the Bancroft and the Francis Parkman prizes.
  • Memoirs received a Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award.

Lorine Niedecker, 1903-1970

  • Attended Beloit College.
  • Little attention paid to her poetry during lifetime. Read and appreciated mostly by other poets.
  • Has been compared to Sappho for the "spare and harmonious quality of her work." - New York Times Book Review, February 13, 1977, p. 27.