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Eleanor Estes

Eleanor Estes (May 9, 1906 – July 15, 1988), born Eleanor Ruth Rosenfield in West Haven, Connecticut was best known for her award-winning children’s books, notably Ginger Pye, The Hundred Dresses, and The Moffats series. The town of “Cranbury” in which the Moffat books were set was based on her life in West Haven.

Upon graduating from high school, she joined the staff of the New Haven Free Public Library. Within a few years, she was promoted to Head of Children’s Services there.

A scholarship allowed her to attend the library school at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY. There she met her future husband, Rice Estes. Eleanor Estes launched her career as a children’s librarian in the New York Public Library.  Read More→

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Saratoga Trunk by Edna Ferber (1941)

From the 1941 Doubleday, Doran edition: Edna Ferber’s distinguished novels of the American scene, Cimarron, Show Boat, So Big, and many others, she one special quality — they display at once he glamor and the strength of this country, and of the people who built it.

Saratoga Trunk is no exception. Its background, New Orleans and Saratoga in the eighteen eighties is one of the most picturesque America has produced, but the theme behind the romance between Clint Maroon and Clio Dulling is that of the railroad builders, the men who flung across the land the roads of steel which united it, and toward that end were careless of the means they used. Read More→

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