Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Elizabeth Enright  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult; Children;

Born: 1909 in Oak Park, Illinois

Died: 1968 in Wainscott, New York

-- Elizabeth Enright on WorldCat --

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.

Selected Titles At Your Library

Thimble summer /
ISBN: 1439518203. OCLC Number:

. .

Unusual things begin to happen when a young girl finds a silver thimble.

A Christmas tree for Lydia /
ISBN: 0886820634. OCLC Number:

Creative Education,. Mankato, Minn. :. ©1986.

When Mum loses her job it looks like there will be no Christmas this year. Then Eddy has an idea that gives four-year-old Lydia a wonderful surprise.

Return to Gone-Away /
ISBN: 0152022635. OCLC Number:

Harcourt,. San Diego :. 2000.

Eleven-year-old Portia and her family return with cousin Julian to the site they visited the previous summer, this time to take possession of a large Victorian house, unoccupied for fifty years and full of treasures and secrets.


  • Newberry Medal Winner, 1939 for
  • Thimble Summer