Elizabeth Enright


Born
in Oak Park, IL, The United States
September 17, 1909

Died
June 08, 1968

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Elizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing. Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved children's titles are her books about the Melendy family, including The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adu ...more

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The Saturdays (The Melendy ...

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Gone-Away Lake

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Thimble Summer

3.75 avg rating — 7,009 ratings — published 1938 — 29 editions
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The Four-Story Mistake (The...

4.26 avg rating — 4,464 ratings — published 1942 — 21 editions
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Then There Were Five (The M...

4.25 avg rating — 4,215 ratings — published 1944 — 16 editions
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Spiderweb for Two: A Melend...

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Return to Gone-Away (Gone-A...

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The Melendy Family

4.61 avg rating — 170 ratings — published 1947 — 3 editions
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Tatsinda

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The Sea Is All Around

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“Now isn't that nice!' said the old lady. 'If cousins are the right kind, they're best of all: kinder than sisters and brothers, and closer than friends.”
Elizabeth Enright, Gone-Away Lake

“Grownups! Everyone remembers them. How strange and even sad it is that we never became what they were: beings noble, infallible, and free. We never became them. One of the things we discover as we live is that we never become anything different from what we are. We are no less ourselves at forty than we were at four, and because of this we know grownups as Grownups only once in life: during our own childhood. We never meet them in our lives again, and we will miss them always.”
Elizabeth Enright, Doublefields: Memories and Stories

“He couldn't stop smelling the air in great, deep, loud sniffs. It was so delicious. It smelled of water, and mud, and maple trees, and autumn.”
Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake

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