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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Virginia Meachum  

Pen Name: None


Audience: Young Adult; Children;

Born: 1918 in Chicago, Illinois

Died: Feb. 23, 2010 in Urbana Illinois

-- Virginia Meachum on WorldCat --

Illinois Connection

Meachum lived the majority of her life in Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Virginia Meachum graduated from Austin High School in Chicago and from Illinois State University in 1943 with a bachelor of education degree. She taught in the grade schools of New London, Conn., before moving to Champaign, where she worked as an administrative secretary at the University of Illinois. In 1948, her family settled in Danville, Illinois. There, she combined homemaking with free-lance feature writing for various publications. Later, she specialized in writing biographies for young adult readers, including books on Janet Reno, Steven Spielberg, Jane Goodall, and other “People to Know.”She was a 30-year volunteer in the former Lakeview Hospital Gift Shop, past president of Chapter KE of the P.E.O. Sisterhood, a volunteer tutor in the READS program of Danville Elementary Schools and a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Published Works Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library

Janet Reno: United States Attorney General (People to Know)
ISBN: 089490549X

Enslow Pub Inc. 1995

Traces the life and career of the current United States Attorney General, and discusses her childhood, education, and outlook on life

Steven Spielberg: Hollywood Filmmaker (People to Know)
ISBN: 0894906976

Enslow Pub Inc. 1996

Explores the life and career of the successful filmmaker beginning with his childhood and including discussion of his projects as a director, writer, and producer

Jane Goodall: Protector of Chimpanzees (People to Know)
ISBN: 0894908278

Enslow Pub Inc. 1997

Explores the life and research of the English animal behaviorist who undertook the first long-term study of chimpanzees in the wild

Martha Stewart: Successful Businesswoman (People to Know)
ISBN: 0894909843

Enslow Pub Inc. 1998

Details the life and career of the woman whose books and television shows focus on ways to make the home more interesting

Rosie O'Donnell: Talk Show Host and Comedian (People to Know)
ISBN: 0766011488

Enslow Pub Inc. 2000

A biography of a popular talk show host, describing her childhood, education, and career in comedy, the movies, on Broadway, and on television.

Charles Lindbergh: American Hero of Flight (People to Know)
ISBN: 0766015351

Enslow Pub Inc. 2002

Features the life and career of the first aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.