Lucy Herndon Crockett (1914–2002)

Author of The Magnificent Bastards

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"Born April 4, 1914, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Childhood was
spent in Army posts all over the United States, and in South America..." (Illustrators of Children's Books, 1946-1956)
"The family background is Old Virginia, where Miss Crockett and her mother now live at Seven Mile Ford, in the old Preston House..." (Wilson Library Bulletin, 1952)
"She lived in many foreign countries as a young child because her father was an aid to Theodore Roosevelt among other diplomatic positions. In her twenties she studied art in New York City, which advanced her talents as an illustrator and designer. Her service as an American Red Cross worker in the South Pacific during World War II set the stage for her most recognized novel, The Magnificent Bastards, which was later made into a Hollywood film The Proud and the Profane starring William Holden and Deborah Kerr in 1956. After settling in Smyth County Virginia, Crockett became increasingly paranoid of those around her; for example, threatening behavior toward then President John Kennedy led to a period of house arrest. Crockett left behind more than eight novels, dozens of illustrations, and a collection of letters, newspaper clippings, and many interesting antiques and relics salvaged from her last residence. " http://www.abingdon360.com/post/2935
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