Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

in Anderson, Indiana, The United States
January 04, 1933



Phyllis Reynolds Naylor was born in Anderson, Indiana, US on January 4, 1933.

Her family were strongly religious with conservative, midwestern values and most of her childhood was spent moving a lot due to her father's occupation as a salesman.

Though she grew up during the Depression and her family did not have a lot of money, Naylor stated that she never felt poor because her family owned good books. Her parents enjoyed reading stories to the children--her father would imitate the characters in Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer--and her mother read to them every evening, "almost until we were old enough to go out on dates, though we never would have admitted this to anyone."

By the time Phyllis reached fifth grade, writing books was her favor

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“You don't have to be part of a couple to be happy, you know.”
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alice Alone

“I used to think that when I grew up there wouldn't be so many rules. Back in elementary school there were rules about what entrance you used in the morning, what door you used going home, when you could talk in the library, how many paper towels you could use in the rest room, and how many drinks of water you could get during recess. And there was always somebody watching to make sure.

What I'm finding out about growing older is that there are just as many rules about lots of things, but there's nobody watching.”
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Alice in Rapture, Sort of

“When you’ve found the right one - when you see him, when you’re with him - you’ll feel like you’re coming home.”
Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, Now I'll Tell You Everything


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