Margaret K. McElderry

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Margaret K. McElderry

She had success with foreign language books. The video on your left is another example of her tranlations. Margo Benary-Isbert's "Ark" is another book translated from German to English.





In a 1997 New York Times, profile, the Times's Eden Ross Lipson called McElderry "the last of her class of editors who brought American children's books into the postwar world"


She became the first children's book editor to be given her own imprint, Margaret K. McElderry Books(1972)She was the first editor to publish a children's books translated from German after World War II.She was credited for taking risk in her publishing efforts for example The two Reds (1950). She became the first editor to win both Caldelot and Newberry medals in the same year.

Margaret K. McElderry was born on June 12, 1912 in Pittsburgh, PA. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College.She was interested in publishing and was advised against it, instead she graduated from Carnegie Library School in Pittsburgh. She persued a career as public librarian in New York. In the 1970's she married Storer D. Lunt a former president of W.W. Norton, the publisher. He died about a decade later and had no survivors. She dedicated most of her time to her work and passion. She continued to edit books into her 90s as editor at her imprint. She died on February 14, 2011, at the age of 98.


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