Margaret Wise Brown

Margaret Wise Brown

Children's Writer and Editor
Born May 23, 1910

Margaret Wise Brown was a prolific American author of children's literature, including the books Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny, both illustrated by Clement Hurd.

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1910 Birth Born in 1910.


1923 13 Years Old The middle child of three whose parents suffered from an unhappy marriage, Brown was born in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, granddaughter of Benjamin Gratz Brown. In 1923 she attended Chateau Brilliantmont boarding school in Lausanne, Switzerland, while her parents were living in India and Canterbury, Connecticut.
1925 15 Years Old In 1925 she attended The Kew-Forest School.
1926 16 Years Old She began attending Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Massachusetts, in 1926, where she did well in athletics.
1928 18 Years Old After graduation in 1928, Brown went on to Hollins College in Roanoke, Virginia.


1932 22 Years Old Following her graduation with a B.A. in English from Hollins in 1932 Brown worked as a teacher and also studied art. … Read More
1937 27 Years Old Brown's first published children's book was When the Wind Blew, published in 1937 by Harper & Brothers. … Read More


1940 30 Years Old …  In the summer of 1940 Brown began a long-term relationship with Blanche Oelrichs (nom de plume Michael Strange), poet/playwright, actress, and the former wife of John Barrymore. The relationship, which began as a mentoring one, eventually became romantic, and included co-habitating at 10 Gracie Square in Manhattan beginning in 1943.
1944 34 Years Old From 1944 to 1946, Doubleday published three picture books written by Brown under the pseudonym "Golden MacDonald" and illustrated by Leonard Weisgard. (Weisgard was a runner-up for the Caldecott Medal in 1946, and he won the 1947 Medal, for Little Lost Lamb and The Little Island.
1945 35 Years Old Two more of their collaborations appeared in 1953 and 1956, after Brown's death.) The Little Fisherman, illustrated by Dahlov Ipcar, was published in 1945.


1950 40 Years Old Strange, who was twenty years Brown's senior, died in 1950. … Read More
1952 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1952, Brown met James Stillman 'Pebble' Rockefeller Jr. at a party, and they became engaged. … Read More
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