Sterling North was born on a farm overlooking Lake Koshkonong In Edgerton, Wisconsin, on November 4, 1906, to David and Elizabeth Nelson North. His mother was a gifted linguist and biologist, and his father was an amateur naturalist and a specialist on Native American culture. In 1913 North's mother died; but his memory of her and his sense of loss at her death emerge as constant influences in his writing. On June 23, 1927, North married Gladys Dolores Buchanan while a student at the University of Chicago, where he developed his literary skill as editor of the campus literary magazine. In 1929 he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.
Between 1929 and 1956, North was a reporter and literary editor for newspapers and periodicals. He joined Houghton Mifflin to edit the North Star Books, a series of history books for children and young adults. After completing this project, he devoted himself to his own writing. North died in Morristown, New Jersey, on December 22, 1974.
North's first significant publication was a volume of poetry published by the University of Chicago Press in 1925; he was nineteen years old. In 1929 his concern with values and with education surfaced in The Pedro Gorino, a sea story that initiated his career as a writer of fiction. Throughout his career, North received praise and awards for his works of poetry and prose, most of which were children's books. The public recognized him as a writer whose belief in basic...
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