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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Leonard Dubkin  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1905 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: 1972 in Chicago


-- Leonard Dubkin on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=leonard+dubkin


Illinois Connection

Dubkin lived and worked in the Chicago area all of his life. There is a small quarter acre park located along Ashland Avenue in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago named after him.

Biographical and Professional Information

Leonard Dubkin was an urban naturalist and Chicago writer who immersed himself in Chicago’s natural history. He wrote several books on nature in the city, wrote a widely read nature column for Lerner Newspapers in Chicago for many years, and published frequently in major national newspapers Chicago Tribune and New York Times.


Published Works

  • The Murmer of Wings, McGraw Hill, 1944
  • Enchanted Streets, Little, Brown and Company, 1947
  • The White Lady: The Delightful History of a Rare Albino Bat, G. P. Putnam's Son, 1952
  • Wolf Point: An Adventure in History, G. P. Putnam's Son, 1953
  • The Natural History of a Yard, H. Regnery Co., 1955
  • My Secret Places: One Man's Love Affair With Nature in the City, David McKay Co., 1972


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