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Author photo. Portrait of Margery Williams by James Bolivar Manson, 1911

Portrait of Margery Williams by James Bolivar Manson, 1911

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Author Margery Williams was born in London, England on July 22, 1881. She moved to the United States when she was nine-years-old and alternated between living in the United States and England for the rest of her life. She is best known for her thirty children's books, but she also wrote novels for adults and young adults. Her most popular works include The Velveteen Rabbit, Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World, and The Little Wooden Doll. Her young adult book, Winterbound, was a runner-up for the 1937 Newbery Medal and was retroactively given the Newbery Honor award when it was established in 1971. She died on September 4, 1944 at the age of 63. (Bowker Author Biography) — biography from The Velveteen Rabbit… (more)
The Velveteen Rabbit 12,906 copies, 222 reviews
Winterbound 58 copies, 1 review
Tales from a Finnish Tupa (Joint Author., some editions) 45 copies, 2 reviews
The Little Wooden Doll 44 copies, 1 review
Poor Cecco 27 copies
The Five-and-a-Half Club 22 copies, 1 review
The Hurdy-Gurdy Man 8 copies, 1 review
Seven Silly Wise Men 7 copies, 1 review
The Thing In The Woods (pseudonym of, some editions; Author, some editions) 5 copies
The Velveteen Rabbit [play] (Original story) 3 copies
Spendthrift Summer 1 copy, 1 review
The Fireside Book of Christmas Stories (Contributor) 271 copies, 3 reviews
The New Junior Classics Volume 07: The Animal Book (Contributor) 172 copies, 2 reviews
Best in Children's Books 06 68 copies, 2 reviews
Best in Children's Books 35 62 copies, 1 review
A Golden Land (Contributor) 38 copies
Lisbeth Longfrock (Translator, some editions) 26 copies, 3 reviews
Open the Door (Contributor) 20 copies
3-Minute Stories: Bedtime Tales (Contributor) 20 copies, 1 review
Tales Out Of Dunwich (Contributor) 17 copies, 1 review
The Velveteen Rabbit [1985 TV movie] (Original story) 8 copies
Vintage Christmas Tales: A Holiday Anthology (Contributor) 6 copies, 5 reviews
Solve Suntrap: A Boy of Norway (Translator, some editions) 5 copies, 1 review
Writing books for boys and girls (Contributor, some editions) 5 copies
Juniper Farm, "Il était quatre petits enfants" (Translator, some editions) 3 copies
Bruin's Midnight Reader (Contributor, some editions) 3 copies
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British-born Margery Winifred Williams moved with her parents to the USA in 1890. She became a professional writer at age 19. In 1904, on a visit to her English publisher, she met and married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London. The couple went to live in Turin, Italy, for many years. Margery eventually returned with her own family to the USA in 1921. She's best remembered today for The Velveteen Rabbit; or, How Toys Become Real. It became an instant classic and has been adapted many times as theater, radio, television, and animated films. In her final years, she interspersed writing novels for young adults with her children's books, and her daughter Pamela illustrated some of the works. Margery Willams won a Newbery Honor in 1937 for Winterbound.
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