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Pantell, Dora

Entry updated 3 May 2023. Tagged: Author.

(1915-1996) US teacher, technical writer and author of fiction for children, best known for her continuation of Ellen MacGregor's Miss Pickerell series of tales about Lavinia Pickerell, a highly adventurous New England spinster. Pantell wrote most her contributions as with MacGregor, who had left copious notes for continuations of the sequence, in which Pickerell applies her rigorous intellect to uncovering the scientific premises underlying Space Flight and other marvels of Technology, travelling to the Moon and Mars and Under the Sea and elsewhere. At the point of the last named collaborative title, Miss Pickerell and the Blue Whales (1983), Pickerell and her nephew are investigating the dwindling blue whale population (see Ecology) and become involved with the Space Shuttle, material clearly not directly inspired by MacGregor, who had died in 1954. The last two titles – Miss Pickerell and the War of the Computers (1984), where Computers cause a cruel rise in the price of food, and Miss Pickerell and the Lost World (1986), in which Pickerell returns a prehistoric creature to the Lost World from which it had strayed – were credited as by Pantell alone. [JC]

Dora Fuchs Pantell

born New York: 25 December 1915

died New York: 15 March 1996



Miss Pickerell

The first four series titles, by Ellen MacGregor alone, are also listed here for completeness and convenience.


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