Bianco, Margery Williams
Born: Jul 22, 1881 AD
Died: 1944 AD, at 63 years of age.
1881 - Born Margery Williams Bianco on the 22nd of July. US (English-born) juvenile author.
1890 - Margery moved with her family to the United States.
1898 - Studied at the Convent School in Sharon Hill, Pennsylvania.
1900 - As a child she loved to read and write, and by the age of 19 she was writing books for a living. She wrote novels and short stories for adults and children.
1901 - She returned to her birthplace and submits to a London publisher her first children's stories.
1902 - Published her first novel "The Late Returning", and aimed at an adult audience.
1904 - Married Francisco Bianco, an Italian living in London.
1907 - Her family left England, traveling through Europe.
1922 - Her most famous book is The Velveteen Rabbit, which was published.
1925 - Now a renowned author, Bianco wrote numerous other children's books, with her son becoming the namesake of one of them, Poor Cecco: The Wonderful Story of a Wonderful Wooden Dog Who Was the Jolliest Toy in the House Until He Went Out to Explore the World—a distinguished book that belies its somewhat priggish subtitle and is arguably better entitled than The Velveteen Rabbit to status as a classic.
1926-1931 - She produced numerous books and short stories; The Apple Tree and The Adventures of Andy, The Skin Horse, also illustrated by Pamela, The Candlestick, Other People's Houses and The House that Grew Smaller are among some of her works from that period.
1939 - As her native Britain was once again plunged into war, Bianco began to include patriotic themes and references to European history in her works.
1941 - Bianco wrote patriotic themes such as "Franzi and Gizi".
1944 - Her final book was "Forward Commandos!" was an inspirational story of wartime heroism.
- She became ill and died on the 4th of September in the hospital at the age of 63.
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