|Birth: ||Jul. 2, 1919|
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
|Death: ||May 15, 2012|
New York, USA
Author. During a career which spanned more than six decades, she penned roughly 100 books and introduced to children the subject of Nature. She will perhaps be best remembered for her Newberry Award-winning work "Julie of the Wolves" (1972). Born into a family of naturalists, her father Doctor Frank C. Craighead, Sr. was a chief entomologist with the Forest Insect Control Bureau, her mother was a storyteller. It would be from both of her parent's influence where Jean developed an enthrallment of nature as she was raised exposure to a wide variety of wild animal and plant life. Her writings can be traced back to the third grade and she would attain a bachelors degree in both Science and English from Pennsylvania State University. She later attended Louisiana State University for graduate studies, however this was not to be concluded as her desire to launch her career in writing took precedence. She served as a journalist with the White House Press Corps, followed by positions with the Washington Post, Times-Herald, Pageant Magazine and Reader's Digest. Her mark in children's literature began as a series of collaborations with her then-husband Doctor John L. George yielding "Vulpes, the Red Fox" (1948) and "Dipper of Copper Creek" (1956), the later which earned her the Aurianne Award for Literature. Her Newberry Award-nominated book "My Side of the Mountain" was made into a 1969 motion picture adaptation. In 1982, her autobiography "Journey Inward" was published. (bio by: C.S.)
Frank Cooper Craighead (1890 - 1982)
Carilyn Johnson Craighead (1890 - 1993)
Frank Cooper Craighead (1916 - 2001)*
Jean Craighead George (1919 - 2012)
Created by: C.S.
Record added: May 16, 2012
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