Anne McCaffrey Biography


(Beacham's Guide to Literature for Young Adults)

Anne McCaffrey was born on April 1, 1926 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her father, George Herbert McCaffrey, a city administrator and a colonel in the U.S. Army, served as political advisor to General Mark Clark. Her mother, Anne Dorothy McElroy McCaffrey, was a copywriter and real estate agent as well as the author of several unpublished mysteries. Anne McCaffrey began writing during her childhood in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. She created and produced a fantasy play at camp and wrote two short novels during her school years.

McCaffrey graduated from Radcliffe College in 1947 with a degree in Slavic languages and literature. After graduation she worked in New York City with World Trade Intelligence, Liberty Music Shops, and Helena Rubenstein. In 1950 she married H. Wright Johnson and moved to Wilmington, Delaware, where her interest in music and drama led to her involvement with the Wilmington Opera Society. Between 1958 and 1965 she directed and performed in a number of musical plays. Many of McCaffrey's later novels, including the Harper Hall trilogy. The Crystal Singer (1982), Killashandra (1985), and The Ship Who Sang (1970) make use of her strong musical background.

During the 1950s McCaffrey's three children were born and her first science fiction stories were published. "Freedom of the Race" appeared in Science Fiction Plus in October 1953, and "The Lady in the Tower" was published in Fantasy and Science...

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