Ruth Edna Kelley

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The Book of Hallowe'en/The Witch of the Walnut-Tree

Ruth Edna Kelley (8 April 1893 – 4 March 1982) was an American librarian and author. She is chiefly remembered for The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), the first book-length history of the holiday.

Kelley was born in Massachusetts, the only child of Charles F. Kelley, a carpenter, and his wife Mary. She grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, and received a master of arts degree. Her other book was A Life of Their Own (1947), which dealt with immortality and spirituality.

Kelley died in Marblehead, Massachusetts at the age of 88.

Further reading[edit]

  • The full text of The Book of Hallowe'en at Wikisource
  • Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  • Who's Who in Library Service: A Biographical Directory of Professional Librarians of the United States and Canada. Third edition. Edited by Dorothy Ethlyn Cole. New York: Grolier Society, 1955.