Guide to the Papers of Cornelia Meigs, 1915 - 1973Manuscript ML-41

Biography

Cornelia Lynde Meigs was born December 6, 1884, in Rock Island, Illinois. She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1908. She published her first children's book "The Kingdom of the Winding Road," in 1915, and followed it with more than twenty-five other books for young people. From 1942 to 1945 Meigs worked as a civilian employee for the U.S. War Department where she was trained as a cryptographer. Later in life she wrote several books for adults, including "The Violent Men," in 1949. In 1953, Meigs was part author of a comprehensive critique of children' s books entitled "A Critical History of Children's Literature." However, Meigs is best known for her biography of Louisa May Alcott, "Invincible Louisa," which won a Newbery Medal in 1934. In 1932, Meigs joined the faculty of Bryn Mawr College, where she remained until her retirement in 1950. After her retirement from Bryn Mawr, she taught writing at the New School for Social Research and published several more books including "The Great Design-Men" and "Events in the United Nations 1945-1964." Meigs died September 10, 1973, in Maryland.

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