Eleanor Farjeon

(1881-1965) Eleanor Farjeon is considered one of England's most distinguished writers of children's books. The daughter of an actress and a writer, she loved books and was a precocious reader: by age nine she was enjoying Shakespeare. Her love of reading led quite naturally—and early—to writing. By age seven, she was writing poems and stories; by age sixteen, she had written the text of an opera produced by the Royal Academy of Music. She devoted her life to reading and to writing scores of books, many of them for children. During her career, she won several major awards, including the Carnegie Medal and the first Hans Christian Andersen Award.

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