Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985

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American author of children's and young adult books.

From the description of Come along! : production material, ca. 1969-1971. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62494422

From the description of The far-off land : production material, ca. 1962-1964. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62451327

From the description of Somebody go and bang a drum : production material, 1965-1974. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443455

From the description of The best-loved doll : production material, ca. 1962-1973. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62443453

From the description of Tree of freedom : production material, ca. [1947?]-1949. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62494423

From the description of Schoolhouse in the woods : production material, [1949?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62405899

From the description of Happy little family : production material, [1947?]. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62405897

Rebecca Caudill (1899-1985), also known as Rebecca Ayers, was the author of 24 books, including her "Bonnie Books" about the Fairchild family.

From the description of Rebecca Caudill Papers 1955-1962. (Western North Carolina Library Network). WorldCat record id: 50512261

American author of children's and young adult books; Newbery Honor Book citation for Tree of Freedom in 1950.

From the description of Papers, 1947-1974. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis). WorldCat record id: 62405896

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Rebecca Caudill was born in Harlan County, Kentucky, in 1899, and frequently drew upon her Appalachian background for material in her writings. After attending Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia, and Vanderbilt University, she taught in Tennessee and Brazil, worked as an editor in Nashville, and traveled extensively. She married James S. Ayars in 1931, and it was only after their children were in school that she took up writing in earnest. She wrote mainly for children. She died in 1985.

From the description of Rebecca Caudill papers, 1919-1984. (University of Kentucky Libraries). WorldCat record id: 13017736

Rebecca Caudill was born February 2, 1899 in Harlan County, Kentucky. She graduated from Wesleyan College in Macon, Georgia with an AB in 1922 and received her MA from Vanderbilt University in 1922. Rebecca Caudill married James S. Ayars, an editor and writer, in 1931 and had two children. She worked as a teacher and editor and began writing children's and young adult books in 1943. Setting was very important in her books and critics cited her ability to accurately depict 18th and 19th century Appalachian people and places in her historical fiction. Tree of Freedom (1949), a work of historical fiction, was a Newbery Honor Book for 1950. Like many of her works the story is moralistic but not didactic and uses authentic dialect to define time, place, and characters. The story has a strong female protagonist and believable characters that face conflicts that drive the plot. Rebecca Caudill also wrote books for younger readers including The Best-Loved Doll (1962) a story that tells of a little girl's love for one of her dolls. Rebecca Caudill died October 22, 1985 in Urbana, Illinois.

Something About the Author, vol. 1, pp. 50-52.

Something About the Author, vol. 44, p. 61.

Twentieth Century Children's Writers, 3rd ed., pp. 179-180.

From the guide to the Rebecca Caudill papers, 1947-1974, (University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc])

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creatorOf Rebecca Caudill papers, 1947-1974 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections [clrc]
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Tree of freedom : production material, ca. [1947?]-1949. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Rounds, Glen, 1906-2002. Contrary Jenkins : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Papers, 1947-1974. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Ilsley, Velma. Time for Lissa : production material, 1959. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Rebecca Caudill Papers 1955-1962. Appalachian State University, ASU
referencedIn Rebecca Caudill Public Library audio-visual collection, 1973-1989. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
referencedIn Cadle, Dean, 1920-1998. Dean Cadle papers, 1919-1997. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. The far-off land : production material, ca. 1962-1964. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943. ALS, 1926 December 6, on Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, letterhead, to Miss Rebecca Caudill, Nashville, Tenn. Copley Press, J S Copley Library
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Come along! : production material, ca. 1969-1971. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. The best-loved doll : production material, ca. 1962-1973. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Happy little family : production material, [1947?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Rebecca Caudill Papers 1955-1962. Appalachian State University, ASU
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Somebody go and bang a drum : production material, 1965-1974. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Rebecca Caudill papers, 1919-1984. University of Kentucky Libraries
creatorOf Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. Schoolhouse in the woods : production material, [1949?]. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf Raskin, Ellen. Come along! : production material. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
referencedIn Rebecca Caudill Public Library. Repository description, 1973-1989. Kentucky Department of Libraries and Archives, Kentucky Guide Project Office
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associatedWith Appalachian State University. W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection. Archives. corporateBody
associatedWith Cadle, Dean, 1920-1998. person
associatedWith Carver, George Washington, 1864?-1943. person
associatedWith Caudill, Rebecca, 1899-1985. person
associatedWith Ilsley, Velma. person
associatedWith Raskin, Ellen. person
associatedWith Rebecca Caudill Public Library. corporateBody
associatedWith Rounds, Glen, 1906-2002. person
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Families--Juvenile fiction
Schools--Juvenile fiction
Dolls--Juvenile fiction
Nature--Poetry
Nature--Juvenile poetry
Authors, American--Correspondence
Frontier and pioneer life--Juvenile fiction
Family life--Fiction
Schools--Fiction
Frontier and pioneer life--Fiction
Haiku
Dolls--Fiction
Children's literature, American
Children's literature--Manuscripts
Authors, American
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Birth 1899-02-02

Death 1985-10-02

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