Hadley Irwin is the pen name of Lee Hadley and Ann Irwin. According to Hadley and Irwin, the name "Hadley Irwin" identified an entity that is separate from each individual. Both women are professors on the English faculty at Iowa State University. Both credit their students with having taught them that the same concerns, problems, and emotions are shared by younger and older adults alike. Ann Irwin, in addition, credits the rearing of her own children with having increased her sensitivity to the needs of young people. Lee Hadley attributes some of her insights regarding young people to memories of her own adolescence and her "survival of it."
Lee Hadley and Ann Irwin share similar backgrounds. Both grew up on farms in Iowa; both were teachers at junior high, high school, and college levels; both were born under the sign of Libra; both lead lives in which words are a major preoccupation, professionally and personally. As English professors, both are involved professionally in a world of words. As pastimes, both enjoy solving crossword puzzles and playing scrabble.
Ann Irwin was born on October 8, 1915 in Peterson, Iowa, the daughter of Benjamin Rees, a farmer and Mary Rees, a teacher. She received her bachelor's degree from Morningside College in 1937 and her master's degree from the University of Iowa in 1967. She married Keight C. Irvin in 1943 and is the mother of four children. She resides in Lake View, Iowa. Besides the books she has co-authored under the pen name of Hadley Irwin, she is the author or co-author of several other books.
Lee Hadley was born on October 10, 1934, in Eastham, Iowa, the daughter of Oren B. Hadley, a farmer, and Pearle Hadley, a housewife. She received her baccalaureate degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1956 and her master's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1961. She resides in Madrid, Iowa, and is the author of several other books and one-act plays.