Elizabeth Coatsworth


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in Buffalo, New York, The United States
May 31, 1893

Died
August 31, 1986

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Elizabeth Jane Coatsworth was best known as the author of Away Goes Sally, The Cat Who Went to Heaven, which won the 1931 Newbery Medal, and the four Incredible Tales, but in fact she wrote more than 90 books for children. She was extremely interested in the world around her, particularly the people of Maine, as well as the houses and the surrounding land. She also loved the history and myths of her favorite places, those near her home and those encountered on her countless travels.

Coatsworth graduated from Vassar College in 1915 and received a Master of Arts from Columbia University in 1916. In 1929, she married writer Henry Beston, with whom she had two children. When she was in her thirties, her first books of adult poetry were publishe
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The Cat Who Went to Heaven

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3.74 avg rating — 4,976 ratings — published 1930 — 23 editions
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Away Goes Sally (Sally, #1)

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3.60 avg rating — 52 ratings — published 1934 — 2 editions
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Jock's Island

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3.89 avg rating — 37 ratings — published 1963 — 5 editions
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The Enchanted

3.63 avg rating — 35 ratings — published 1951 — 4 editions
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Five Bushel Farm

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3.86 avg rating — 28 ratings — published 1939
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Here I Stay

4.33 avg rating — 21 ratings — published 1938
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The White Horse (Sally, #4)

3.74 avg rating — 23 ratings — published 1942 — 2 editions
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The Werefox

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Runaway Home (The Alice and...

4.50 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1942 — 2 editions
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The Fair American (Sally, #3)

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Away Goes Sally Five Bushel Farm The Fair American The White Horse The Wonderful Day
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“The magic of autumn has seized the countryside; now that the sun isn't ripening anything it shines for the sake of the golden age; for the sake of Eden; to please the moon for all I know.”
Elizabeth Coatsworth, Personal Geography: Almost an Autobiography

“I say that almost everywhere there is beauty enough to fill a person's life if one would only be sensitive to it. but Henry says No: that broken beauty is only a torment, that one must have a whole beauty with man living in relation to it to have a rich civilization and art. . . . Is it because I am a woman that I accept what crumbs I may have, accept the hot-dog stands and amusement parks if I must, if the blue is bright beyond them and the sunset flushes the breasts of sea birds?”
Elizabeth Coatsworth, Personal Geography: Almost an Autobiography

“We who dance hungry and wild...under a winter's moon”
Elizabeth Coatsworth

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