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MacGregor, Ellen

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(1906-1954) US author of children's fiction, most notably the Miss Pickerell sequence beginning with Miss Pickerell Goes to Mars (May 1950 Liberty Magazine as "Swept Her Into Space"; much exp 1951). Lavinia Pickerell, a highly adventurous New England spinster, finds herself travelling to Mars, Under the Sea, and elsewhere; her interest in these adventures is always focused on their scientific implications, and she learns a great deal about the theory and mechanics of Space Flight. Following the author's early death, the series was continued after a gap of eleven years by Dora Pantell, who at least initially used MacGregor's story notes, and signed herself in collaboration with the elder writer until 1983. For convenience, all titles are given below. [JC]

Ellen MacGregor

born Baltimore, Maryland: 15 May 1906

died Chicago, Illinois: 29 March 1954



Miss Pickerell


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