Jessica Nelson North MacDonald
Born: September 7, 1891 in Madison, Wisconsin
Died: June 3, 1988 in Downers Grove, Illinois Pen Name: None Connection to Illinois: Went on to graduate school at the University of Chicago. During college, North was the president of the University of Chicago Poetry Club and was the editor of the Adelphean and the History of Alpha Delta Pi. Biography: Jessica Nelson North MacDonald was an American author, poet and editor. She graduated from the University of Chicago. During college, North was the president of the University of Chicago Poetry Club and was the editor of the ''Adelphean'' and the ''History of Alpha Delta Pi.'' She was Sterling North's older sister and is one of the major characters portrayed her brother's well-known book, ''Rascal'', which was set when she was 25. North married Reed Inness MacDonald on June 11, 1921.She published her first novel, Arden Acres, in 1935. The story is set in fictional Arden Acres, Illinois.
"The Long Leash" was selected by the Poetry Club as one of the best volumes of the year. "Arden Acres" won the Friends of American Writers first novel award.