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Nancy Willard (born June 26, 1936, in Ann Arbor, Michiganmarker) is a children's author and poet. In 1982, she received the Newbery Medal for A Visit to William Blake's Inn. She lives in Poughkeepsiemarker, New Yorkmarker and lectures at Vassar Collegemarker. She was educated at the University of Michiganmarker, where she won a Hopwood Award and received a B.A. and a Ph.D, and at Stanford University, where she received her M.A. Her first novel, Things Invisible to See (1985), is set in her home town of Ann Arbor in the 1940s; two brothers become involved with a paralyzed young woman, and it "ends with a baseball game that anticipates the film Field of Dreams in its player lineup of baseball luminaries. Susan Fromberg Schaeffer said the novel 'has the quality of a fairy tale ... a paradigm of life as a Manichean conflict between good and evil.'"

Selected Bibliography

  • The Island of the Grass King (1979)
  • Things Invisible to See (1985)
  • Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosch (1991)
  • In the Salt Marsh (2004)


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  3. Clarence A. Andrews, Michigan in Literature (Wayne State University Press, 1992: ISBN 0814323685), p. 219.

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