Edwards, Edna

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Edna Edwards grew up in Kentucky and went to school in Tennessee at Carson-Newman College. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1951. She worked as a librarian for Kenwick Elementary School in Fayette County, Kentucky. She received her masters degree in education from UCLA in 1961. Beginning in 1961, Edwards worked as a librarian for Horace Mann Elementary School in Beverly Hills, California. She took a sabbatical leave for a semester during the 1970-1971 school year. In May 1970, she sent letters to about twenty-five authors and illustrators of children's books requesting their participation in making taped interviews. Edwards traveled throughout the United States and Europe to conduct the interviews, usually at the interviewees home. She struggled to find a publisher for the interviews. In 1973, the Center for Cassette Studies in Hollywood, California agreed to publish the tapes. The interviewees included Lloyd Alexander, Nina Bawden, Roald Dahl, Meindert De Jong, Penelope Farmer, Sid Fleischman, Ezra Jack Keats, Elaine Konigsburg, Madeleine L'Engle, Leo Lionni, Myra Cohn Livingston, Mary Norton, Bill Peet, Frances Clarke Sayers, Maurice Sendak, and Brian Wildsmith.

The above information was compiled from materials within the collection.

  • May 1970: Edna Edwards sends letters to authors and illustrators requesting interviews.
  • June 1970: Interview conducted with Sid Fleischman.
  • July 10, 1970: Interview conducted with Roald Dahl.
  • July 21, 1970: Interview conducted with Myra Cohn Livingston.
  • September 2, 1970: Interview conducted with Bill Peet.
  • November 9, 1970: Interview conducted with Maurice Sendak.
  • November 10, 1970: Interview conducted with Ezra Jack Keats.
  • November 12, 1970: Interview conducted with Madeleine L'Engle.
  • November 14, 1970: Interview conducted with Meindert De Jong.
  • November 15, 1970: Interview conducted with Elaine Konigsburg.
  • December 5, 1970: Interview conducted with Frances Clarke Sayers.
  • February 1971: Interview conducted with Lloyd Alexander.
  • July 1973: Interview conducted with Brian Wildsmith. Interview conducted with Mary Norton. Interview conducted with Leo Lionni.
  • August 29, 1973: Interview conducted with Penelope Farmer.
  • July 23, 1975: Interview conducted with Nina Bawden.

From the guide to the Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators, 1966-1976, (Loyola Marymount University. William H. Hannon Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.)

Archival Resources
Role Title Holding Repository
creatorOf Edna Edwards Interviews with Children's Authors and Illustrators, 1966-1976 Loyola Marymount University. Library. Department of Archives and Special Collections.
Role Title Holding Repository
Relation Name
associatedWith Alexander, Lloyd. person
associatedWith Bawden, Nina, 1925- person
associatedWith Center for Cassette Studies. corporateBody
associatedWith Dahl, Roald. person
associatedWith De Jong, Meindert, 1906-1991 person
associatedWith Farmer, Penelope, 1939- person
associatedWith Fleischman, Sid, 1920-2010 person
associatedWith Keats, Ezra Jack. person
associatedWith Konigsburg, E. L. person
associatedWith L'Engle, Madeleine. person
associatedWith Lionni, Leo, 1910-1999 person
associatedWith Livingston, Myra Cohn. person
associatedWith Norton, Mary. person
associatedWith Peet, Bill. person
associatedWith Sayers, Frances Clarke, 1897- person
associatedWith Sendak, Maurice. person
associatedWith Wildsmith, Brian. person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Novelists, English



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