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Haviland, Virginialocked

(21 May 1911–06 January 1988)
  • Emilie Murphy


Haviland, Virginia (21 May 1911–06 January 1988), children’s literature specialist, librarian, and writer, was born in Rochester, New York. She was the oldest child of William J. and Bertha M. (Esten) Haviland, a family that was related to the Havilands of France, who were famous for the Haviland porcelain firm established in 1842. Her father, a bookbinder, moved the family to Amesbury, Massachusetts in 1917. During her youth Haviland frequently traveled overseas. When she was not traveling, Haviland either had her head in a book (she was a great lover of the classics) or else frequented the home of her two aunts, who entertained international visitors and were travelers in their own right. Of her formative reading experiences, Haviland reflected that many of the dearest books to her were children’s classics, including Lewis Carroll’s ...

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