Elizabeth Enright

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General Information

Name: Elizabeth Enright

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois

Died: 1968 in Wainscott, New York

Illinois Connection

Elizabeth was born in Oak Park and was the niece of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Biographical and Professional Information

Preparing for a career as an illustrator, Enright studied at the Art Students League of New York in 1927-28, and at the Parsons School of Design in Paris, France. Enright also reviewed children's literature for The New York Times, taught creative writing at Barnard College, (1960–1962), and led writing seminars at colleges across the US. She began her career as a magazine illustrator, and at one point Enright developed a series of sketches with an African flair. She then wrote a story to go with them, and in 1935 her first book, Kintu: A Congo Adventure was published. It is significant that reviewers sometimes preferred the story over the pictures, as this encouraged Enright to turn more and more to writing.] After 1951 her children's books were illustrated by other artists.

Published Works

  • Kintu, Farrar and Rinehart, 1935
  • Thimble Summer, Farrar and Rinehart, 1938
  • The Sea Is All Around , Heinemann, 1960 (Original Publication 1940)
  • A Christmas Tree for Lydia, Creative Co , 1986 (Original Publicaton 1951)
  • Spiderweb for Two, Harcourt School, 1951
  • Gone Away Lake, Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1987 (Original Publication 1957)
  • Return to Gone Away, Harcourt Children's Books, 1961
  • Tatsinda,, Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1963
  • Zeeee, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1956
  • Doublefields: Memories and Stories, Harcourt, Brace & World, 1966

Titles at Your Library

Thimble Summer

ISBN: 1439518203
Release Date: 2008-08-11

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Gone-Away Lake

ISBN: 0153329718
Release Date: 1987-01-01

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Release Date: 1963


Release Date: 1965

Doublefields: Memories and stories

Release Date: 1966

Literary Awards

  • Newberry Medal Winner, 1939 for Thimble Summer

External Links

Elizabeth Enright on WorldCat


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