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Marguerite de Angeli (March 14, 1889 - June 16, 1987) was a bestselling author and illustrator of children's books including the 1950 Newbery Award winning book The Door in the Wall. She wrote and illustrated twenty-eight of her own books, and illustrated more than three dozen books and numerous magazine stories and articles for other authors. Her own work explored and depicted the traditions and rich cultural diversity of common people more frequently overlooked – a semi-autobiographical Great Depression family, African American children experiencing the sting of racial prejudice, Polish mine workers aspiring to life beyond the Pennsylvania coal mines, the physically handicapped, colonial Mennonites, the Amish, nineteenth-century Quakers supporting the underground railroad, immigrants, and other traditional or ethnic peoples. Her books carry an underlying message that we are really all the same, and that all of us deserve tolerance, care, consideration, and respect. Her 1946 story Bright April was the first children’s book to address the divisive issue of racial prejudice. She was twice named a Caldecott Honor Book illustrator, first in 1945 for Yonie Wondernose and again in 1955 for Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes. She received a 1957 Newbery Honor mention for Black Fox of Lorne, a 1961 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award, and the 1968 Regina Medal. For the Lebanese political coalition, see March 14 Alliance. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... The Door in the Wall is a novel by Marguerite de Angeli that received the Newbery Medal in 1950. ... The Great Depression was a time of economic down turn, which started after the stock market crash on October 29, 1929, known as Black Tuesday. ... An African American (also Afro-American, Black American, or simply black) is a member of an ethnic group in the United States whose ancestors, usually in predominant part, were indigenous to Africa. ... The Mennonites are a group of Christian Anabaptist denominations named after and influenced by the teachings and tradition of Menno Simons (1496-1561). ... The Amish (Amisch or Amische) (IPA: ) are an Anabaptist Christian denomination in the United States and Canada (Ontario and Manitoba) that are known for their plain dress and limited use of modern conveniences such as automobiles and electricity. ... Pendle Hill, a landmark in the history of the Society of Friends. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... Bright April is a 1946 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli, who later won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American childrens literature for another book, her 1950 The Door in the Wall. ... The Caldecott Medal was designed by Rene Paul Chambellan in 1937. ... 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday. ... Yonie Wondernose is a 1944 picture book by Marguerite de Angeli, who would later win the Newbery Medal for The Door in the Wall. ... 1955 (MCMLV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The John Newbery Medal is a literary award given by the Association for Library Service to Children of the American Library Association (ALA) to the author of the most outstanding American book for children. ... Black Fox of Lorne is a 1956 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. ... 1961 (MCMLXI) was a common year starting on Sunday (the link is to a full 1961 calendar). ... The Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was given annually from 1970 to 1979 to books deemed to possess enough of the qualities of Alice in Wonderland to enable them to sit on the same book shelf. ... The Regina Medal award is an American Literary award of the Catholic Library Association. ...

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Life

She was born Marguerite Lofft in Lapeer, Michigan, on 1889 March 14, one of six children. Her father, George Shadrach Lofft, was a photographer and illustrator; her mother was Ruby Adele Tuttle Lofft. In 1902 her family moved to the West Philadelphia neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she spent her most formative years. Marguerite entered high school in 1904, but a year later at age fifteen began to sing professionally as contralto in a Presbyterian choir for $1 a week. She soon withdrew from high school for more musical training. In 1908 she met John Dailey de Angeli, a violinist, known as Dai. They were married in Toronto on 1910 April 12. The first of their six children, John Shadrach de Angeli, was born one year later. After living in many locations in the American and Canadian West, they settled in the Philadelphia suburb of Collingswood, New Jersey. There in 1921 Marguerite started to study drawing under her mentor Maurice Bower. In 1922 Marguerite began illustrating a Sunday School paper and was soon doing illustrations for magazines such as The Country Gentleman, Ladies' Home Journal, and The American Girl, besides illustrating books for authors including Helen Ferris, Elsie Singmaster, Cornelia Meigs, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher. Her last child, Maurice Bower de Angeli, was born in 1928, seven years before the 1935 publication of her first book, Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store. The de Angeli family moved frequently, returning to Pennsylvania and living north of Philadelphia in Jenkintown, west of Philadelphia in the Manoa neighborhood of Havertown, on Carpenter Lane in Germantown, Philadelphia, on Panama Street in Center City, Philadelphia, in an apartment near the Philadelphia Art Museum, and in a cottage in Red Hill, Pennsylvania. They also maintained a summer cabin in Tom's River, New Jersey. Marguerite's husband died in 1969 only eight months before their 60th wedding anniversary. In 1971, two years after her husband died, she published her autobiography, Butter at the Old Price. Her last work, Friendship and Other Poems, was published in 1981 when she was 92 years old. She died at the age of 98 on June 16, 1987 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Lapeer is a city located in Lapeer County, Michigan. ... Year 1889 (MDCCCLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Thursday of the 12-day slower Julian calendar). ... For the Lebanese political coalition, see March 14 Alliance. ... West Philadelphia is a region of the City of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the western side of the Schuylkill River to the city line, centrally located and stretching north and south of Market Street, but not including areas south of Baltimore Ave, which is a part of Southwestern Philadelphia. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ... 1910 (MCMX) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a common year starting on Sunday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... April 12 is the 102nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (103rd in leap years). ... Collingswood highlighted in Camden County Collingswood is a Borough located in Camden County, New Jersey. ... A cover of Ladies Home Journal from 1906 Ladies Home Journal was first published February 16, 1883 as a womens supplement to the Tribune and Farmer. ... Cornelia Meigs (December 6, 1884 – 1973) was an American author and educator. ... Dorothy Canfield Fisher (February 17, 1879-November 9, 1958) was an educational reformer, social activist, and best-selling American author in the early decades of the Twentieth century. ... 1935 (MCMXXXV) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full calendar). ... Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store is a 1935 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. ... Jenkintown is a borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, ten miles (16 km) north of Philadelphia. ... Havertown (population roughly 35,000) is a residential suburban community in Haverford Township, Pennsylvania, located approximately 7 miles from the center of Philadelphia, and is part of Delaware County. ... Germantown was a town in Pennsylvania and is today primarily a neighborhood in Philadelphia, about six miles northwest from the center of the city. ... Center City District, highlighted on a map of Philadelphia County. ... The Philadelphia Museum of Art, located at the west end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphias Fairmount Park, was founded in 1876 in conjunction with the Centennial Exposition of the same year and is now among the largest and most important art museums in the United States. ... Map of Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with Municipal Labels showing Boroughs (red), Townships (white), and Census-designated places (blue). ... The Township of Toms River is a township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, and the county seat of Ocean CountyGR6. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday. ... Butter at the Old Price: The Autobiography of Marguerite de Angeli is an account of the life and work of the childrens author and illustrator Marguerite de Angeli, who wrote such books as The Door in the Wall, Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store , Henners Lydia... June 16 is the 167th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (168th in leap years), with 198 days remaining. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Works

In her illustrations Marguerite de Angeli employed a number of different media, including charcoal, pen and ink, lithograph (only in earliest work), oils, and watercolors. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is the regional setting of many, but not all, of her books.


Books for Children (written and illustrated by the author):

  • Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store (1935) (digital story book)
  • Ted and Nina Have a Happy Rainy Day (1936) (digital story book)
  • Henner's Lydia (1936) A story about a young Amish girl set in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
  • Petite Suzanne (1937) A story filled with folkways and customs of daily life as experienced by a Gaspe Peninsula French-Canadian girl named Suzanne.
  • Copper-Toed Boots (1938) A portrayal of the mid-nineteenth century rural life of the author's father in Lappeer, Michigan.
  • Skippack School (1939) A story about school-master and humanist Christopher Dock at the Mennonite School near Skippack, Pennsylvania during the 1700s.
  • A Summer Day with Ted and Nina (1940) (digital story book)
  • Thee, Hannah! (1940) A story about a young Quaker girl meeting an escaped slave in pre-Civil War Philadelphia.
  • Elin's Amerika (1941) A story about the earliest Swedish settlers in the Delaware Valley in Pennsylvania.
  • Up the Hill (1942) Story of a young mine worker from a Pennsylvania mining town who aspires to an art career; describes immigrant Polish customs, food, language, music, and daily life.
  • Yonie Wondernose (1944) Caldecott Honor book, a story about a curious Amish boy, younger brother to Lydia of Henner's Lydia.
  • Turkey for Christmas (1944) Semi-autobiographical account describing the Lofft family's first Christmas in Philadelphia after moving there in 1902.
  • Bright April (1946) A story about the prejudice experienced by African-Americans in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a daring topic for its time. (images)
  • Jared's Island (1947) Story of a Scottish boy named Jared Craig who in the early 1700's shipwrecks on New Jersey's Barnagat Shoals, is rescued by a Quaker, but runs away to live with Indians.
  • The Door in the Wall (1950) Newbery Medal winner about a boy's courage during plague years in Medieval England; central character deals with a physical handicap.
  • Just Like David (1951) Jeffrey wants to be just like his older brother David; family moves from Pennsylvania to Ohio.
  • Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes (1954) De Angeli's second Caldecott Honor book. (images)
  • Black Fox of Lorne (1956) Newbery Honor Book. Tenth-century Viking twins shipwreck on the Scottish coast and seek to avenge the death of their father; they encounter loyal clansmen at war, kindly shepherds, power-hungry lairds, and staunch crofters.
  • A Pocket Full of Posies: A Merry Mother Goose (1961) An abbreviated form of original Mother Goose book.
  • The Goose Girl (1964) Illustrated version of the Grimm story original.
  • Fiddlestrings (1974) One of deAngeli's longer books, it is based on the boyhood of her husband John Daily de Angeli in the 1890's.
  • The Lion in the Box (1975) A Christmas story, a widowed mother, poverty, and an unexpected gift.
  • Whistle for the Crossing (1977) Published when the author was 88, the story of the first train to travel the new railroad tracks from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
  • Friendship and Other Poems (1981) A collection of poetry written by Marguerite de Angeli over many years and published when she was 92 years old.

Works for Adults: Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store is a 1935 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli. ... Henners Lydia is a 1936 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli, who later won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American childrens literature for another book, her 1950 The Door in the Wall. ... Skippack is a census-designated place located in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. ... Yonie Wondernose is a 1944 picture book by Marguerite de Angeli, who would later win the Newbery Medal for The Door in the Wall. ... Bright April is a 1946 childrens story book written and illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli, who later won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American childrens literature for another book, her 1950 The Door in the Wall. ... Germantown was originally the Borough of Germantown, a town in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania and is today a neighborhood in Philadelphia, about six miles northwest from the center of the city. ... The Door in the Wall is a novel by Marguerite de Angeli that received the Newbery Medal in 1950. ... Frontispiece of first volume of Grimms Kinder- und Hausmärchen (1812). ... The Goose Girl is a Brothers Grimm fairy tale collected by the Brothers Grimm. ...

Works by others that were illustrated by Marguerite de Angeli: Butter at the Old Price: The Autobiography of Marguerite de Angeli is an account of the life and work of the childrens author and illustrator Marguerite de Angeli, who wrote such books as The Door in the Wall, Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store , Henners Lydia...

  • The New Moon: The Story of Dick Martin's Courage, His Silver Sixpence and His Friends in the New World by Cornelia Meigs (1924)
  • The Prince and the Page: a Story of the Last Crusade by Charlotte M. Yonge (1925) (e-text at Project Gutenberg)
  • The Dove in the Eagle's Nest by Charlotte M. Yonge (1926) (e-text at Project Gutenberg)
  • The Little Duke: Richard the Fearless by Charlotte M. Yonge (1927) (e-text at Project Gutenberg)
  • Milady At Arms: A Story of the Revolutionary Days by Edith Bishop Sherman (1927)
  • Mario's Castle by Helen Forbes (1928)
  • "The Mystery of the Brass Key" St. Nicholas for Boys and Girls by Harriette R. Campbell (April 1928) (Three illustrations)
  • The Pirate's Ward by Emile Benson and Alden Arthur (1929)
  • The Lances of Lynwood by Charlotte M. Yonge (1929) (e-text at Project Gutenberg)
  • Meggy MacIntosh: A Highland Girl in the Carolina County by Elizabeth Janet Gray (1930)
  • Red Coats and Blue by Harriette R Campbell (1930)
  • A Candle in the Mist by Florence Crannell Means (1931)
  • The Christmas Nightingale by Eric Kelly (1932)
  • It's More Fun When You Know the Rules: Etiquette Problems for Girls by Beatrice Pierce (1935)
  • "Bobby Ravenel's Vocation" St. Nicholas for Boys and Girls by Elsie Singmaster (February 1935) (Four illustrations)
  • Challenge : Stories of Courage and Love for Girls by Helen Ferris (ed) (1936)
  • Courage Stories Every Child Should Know by Helen Ferris (1936)
  • The Child Life Mystery-Adventure Book by Marjorie Barrows & Frances Cavanah (illus by Marguerite de Angeli & Alexander Key) (1936)
  • The Covered Bridge by Cornelia Meigs (1936)
  • Joan Wanted a Kitty by Jane Brown Gemmill (1937)
  • Alice-All-by-Herself by Elizabeth Coatsworth (1937)
  • The Cousin from Clare by Rose Sackett (1937)
  • Red Sky over Rome by Anne D. Kyle (1938)
  • The Princess and the Gypsy by Jean Rosmer (1938)
  • Josie and Joe by Ruth Gipson Plowhead (1938)
  • Strong Hearts and Bold by Gertrude Crownfield (1938)
  • Cristina Of Old New York by Gertrude Crownfield (1939)
  • Heidi's Children by Charles Tritten (1939)
  • Prayers and Graces for Little Children edited by Quail Hawkins (1941)
  • They Loved to Laugh by Kathryn Worth (1942)
  • In and Out: Verses by Tom Robinson (1943)
  • Side Saddle for Dandy by Nancy Faulkner (1954)
  • The Old Testament (1960 Doubleday ed) Complete collection of the art produced for this oversize volume is at the Free Library of Philadelphia.
  • Tiny Tots Picture Book by Marguerite de Angeli & others (1962)
  • Marguerite de Angeli's Book of Favorite Hymns (1963) An illustrated collection of de Angeli's favorite religious songs, many familiar to her from her early music career.
  • The Empty Barn by Arthur C. de Angeli (1966)
  • The Door in the Wall: A Play, by Arthur C. de Angeli (1968)

Books about Marguerite de Angeli: Cornelia Meigs (December 6, 1884 – 1973) was an American author and educator. ... Charlotte Mary Yonge (August 11, 1823 - May 24, 1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output, mostly now out of print. ... Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg (often abbreviated as PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works via book scanning. ... Charlotte Mary Yonge (August 11, 1823 - May 24, 1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output, mostly now out of print. ... Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg (often abbreviated as PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works via book scanning. ... Charlotte Mary Yonge (August 11, 1823 - May 24, 1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output, mostly now out of print. ... Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg (often abbreviated as PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works via book scanning. ... Alden Arthur Knipe (born 1870, died 1950) was the sixth head football coach at the University of Iowa, coaching from 1898-1902. ... Charlotte Mary Yonge (August 11, 1823 - May 24, 1901), was an English novelist, known for her huge output, mostly now out of print. ... Project Gutenberg logo Project Gutenberg (often abbreviated as PG) is a volunteer effort to digitize, archive, and distribute cultural works via book scanning. ... Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining (October 6, 1902 - November 27, 1999) tutored Emperor Akihito in English. ... Eric Philbrook Kelly (1884-1960) was an American author of books for young readers, whose book, The Trumpeter of Krakow, won the Newbery Medal for childrens literature in 1929. ... Alexander Hill Key (September 21, 1904 - July 25, 1979) was an American science fiction writer, most of whose books were aimed at a juvenile audience. ... Cornelia Meigs (December 6, 1884 – 1973) was an American author and educator. ... Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth (May 31, 1893 – August 31, 1986) was an American author. ... The Free Library of Philadelphia is the public library system serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. ...

  • Michigan's Marguerite de Angeli: The Story of Lapeer's Native by William Anderson (1987)

References

  • "Marguerite de Angeli." The Gale Literary Database: American Writers for Children. The Gale Group, 1983. Thomson Corporation. 21 Oct. 2001. <http://www.galenet.com>.
  • Van Atta, Burr. "Marguerite de Angeli, 98, Author of Children's Books." The Philadelphia Inquirer 18 Jun. 1987: C12.

The Philadelphia Inquirer is one of a two Knight Ridder newspaper duopoly daily for the Philadelphia area. ...

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