Pen Name: Virginia S. Eifert
Born: 1911 in Springfield, Illinois
Died: 1966 in Springfield, Illinois
Legacy Website: virginia.larryeifert.com
Eifert lived in Springfield her entire life.
Biographical and Professional Information
Virginia S. Eifert may have lived her entire life in Springfield,Illinois, but her passions took her much farther, traveling and learning about North America's natural and human history on a much broader scale. Born in 1911, she was ill through much of high school and never attained a high school diploma. Instead, she began journaling, learning nature on an intimate level, then developing a 'nature news' publication that she distributed around her neighborhood. Soon she was asked to write in this same style for one of the largest newspapers in Illinois, and by the time she was 19 she was asked to create, write, illustrate and edit a monthly magazine for the Illinois State Museum. She continued with this effort for 326 issues until 1966 and her early death at age 56. Some of her finest writing appeared in The Living Museum. At the museum she also published a series of natural history booklets and wrote for many nationally distributed nature magazines such as Audubon and Nature.
In 1954, she published her first major book for a New York publisher, Dodd Mead, and went on to write 19 more, winning several national awards in the process.
- Birds in Your Backyard, Dodd, 1941
- Illinois Wild Flowers, Dodd, 1951
- Invitation to Birds, Dodd, 1953
- Three Rivers South, Dodd, 1953
- The Buffalo Trace, Dodd, 1955
- Out of the Wilderness, Dodd, 1956
- Mississippi Calling, Dodd, 1957
- With a Task Before Me, Dodd, 1958
- New Birth of Freedom, Dodd, 1959
- River World, Dodd, 1959
- Land of the Snow Shoe Hare, Dodd, 1960
- Delta Queen, Dodd, 1960
- Louis Jolliet, Dodd, 1961
- Men, Birds & Adventure, Dodd, 1962
- Wonders of the Rivers, Dodd, 1962
- Journeys in Green Places, Dodd, 1963
- George Shannon, Dodd, 1963
- Tall Trees and Far Horizsons, Dodd, 1965
- Of Men and Rivers, Dodd, 1966
Titles for Purchase and at Your Library
Birds in Your Backyard (Popular Science Series)
Release Date: 1986-06
Illinois Wild Flowers (Popular science series ; v. 3)
Release Date: 1978-06
The Buffalo Trace
Release Date: 1966
Out of the wilderness: Young Abe Lincoln grows up
Release Date: 1966
New birth of freedom;: Abraham Lincoln in the White House
Release Date: 1959
Louis Jolliet, explorer of rivers.
Release Date: 1961
Journeys in green places, the shores and woods of Wisconsin's Door Peninsula.
Release Date: 1963
Tall Trees and Far Horizons: Adventures and Discoveries of Early Botanists in America (Essay index reprint series)
Release Date: 1965-06
Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances
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