The Lighted Heart

Elizabeth Yates

Elizabeth Yates, author of over forty books for children, was born in New York State on December 6th, 1905. Determined to be an author, she moved to New York City to launch her career. She worked a variety of jobs including reviewing book, writing short stories, and doing research. She moved to England with her husband and wrote her first book, High Holiday, based on her travels in Switzerland with her three children. The family returned to the U.S. in 1939 and settled in New Hampshire. Yates won the Newbery Award in 1951 for her book, Amos Fortune, Free Man, a biography of an African prince who is enslaved and taken to America. Yates is also know for helping others to write:

"The written word should be
Clean as a bone,
Clear as light,
Hard as stone.
Two words are not so good
As one."

Elizabeth Yates passed away in 2001.

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