The University of Southern Mississippi -- de Grummond Children's Literature Collection
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Collection Title: Margaret J. Baker Papers
Collection Number: DG0056
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1967
Volume: .30 cu. ft. (1 box)
Provenance : Materials donated by Margaret J. Baker in 1970.
Copyright: The collection is protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U. S. Code). Reproductions can be made only if they are to be used for "private study, scholarship, or research." It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials, other than that noted above.
Margaret Joyce (Peggy) Baker was born on May 21, 1918 in Reading, Berkshire, England. She attended King's College at the University of London from 1936 to 1937. She began writing children's books in 1948 and published her first book, Nonsense Said the Tortoise, in 1949. This book was also the first in a series of books about a talking, intellectual tortoise named Homer. Many of Ms. Baker's books are family adventure stories, sometimes humorous, for middle readers. She has also several books which she describes as magic books for younger children." Two of her books were adapted and serialized for television programs.
Margaret J. Baker passed away in 2010 at the age of 92.
Something About the Author, vol. 12.
The collection contains material for two titles: Bears Back in Business (1967), and Homer Goes West (1965). The materials are arranged alphabetically by title. Within each title the materials are arranged in the probable order in which they were created. There is a book jacket for Bears Back in Business, a book about a lower middle class bear family's quest to obtain employment and a typescript for Homer Goes West, a book concerning the adventures of a highly intelligent talking tortoise, and three sisters who take care of him.
A. Books (1965-1967)
Processed: January 1999
This finding aid is a product of a grant funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.