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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 (one of whom was the son of B. Gratz Brown) suffered from an unhappy marriage, Brown was born in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, and in 1923 attended boarding school in Woodstock, Connecticut, while her parents were living in Canterbury.
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 Her first book was When the Wind Blew, published in 1937 by Harper & Brothers.


1940 30 Years Old …  In the summer of 1940 Brown began a long-term relationship with Michael Strange (a.k.a. Blanche Oelrichs), 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.
1946 36 Years Old 1 More Event
Brown then went on to develop her Here and Now stories, and later the Noisy Book series while employed as an editor at William R. Scott. Her popular book The Little Fur Family, illustrated by Garth Williams, was published in 1946.


1950 40 Years Old Strange, who was twenty years Brown's senior, died in 1950.
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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