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Miriam Mason Swain (1900-1973)
A native of Goshen, Indiana, children's book writer Miriam Mason Swain grew up on a farm near Goshen. As a child, she dreamed of becoming one of three things when she grew up, a circus performer, a doctor or an author. Her mother dampened her ambition to become a circus performer by telling her she did not think they were respectable. Miriam concocted medicines that no one would take. Therefore, that left author, a career she succeeded at beyond her expectations.
She moved to Bloomington to teach school. During that time, she also became assistant editor of a magazine in Spencer, Indiana. During her time in Bloomington, she married Morris Swain, with whom she had one daughter. Her husband died and she lost her job as assistant editor when the magazine closed. She turned down a job offer with another magazine, sat down at the typewriter, and began writing. She had sold some short stories and other things before, so she had some idea of what she was doing.
Success as Writer
She went on to publish over fifty-five titles, mostly children's books. In the 1940, she moved to Batesville, Indiana, where she lived until her death in 1973. Her books deal with nature, animals and farming. The books are noted for their sensible, realistic approach to life and nature.
A Year of Indiana History - 2016
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