Elisabeth Ogilvie

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Elisabeth Ogilvie (May 20, 1917 – September 9, 2006) was an American writer. She was born in Boston and grew up in Dorchester, Quincy, and Roxbury.


She spent her summers on the coast of Maine. She attended schools in Dorchester and Mount Wollaston, graduating from North Quincy High School in 1934. Later she took writing courses at Harvard University.

Elisabeth Ogilvie wrote High Tide at Noon in 1944 her first of nine novels in the Bennett Island families series. She would write over 40 novels and books in her prolific career. Many of her novels dealt with life in Maine and lobstering families along the coast. She also wrote a host of young adult novels that were popular from 1950s to 1980s, such as The Fabulous Year (1958) and Beautiful Girl (1980). They generally were situated in the midcoast setting.

She lived on a 33-acre (130,000 m2) farm on Gay's Island, Maine with her companion, Dorothy Simpson (1905-1998), who was also a writer, for more than 50 years.

Elisabeth Ogilvie died September 9, 2006 in Cushing, Maine.

Works published[edit]


Bennett Island Family

Tide Trilogy
  1. High Tide at Noon (1944, Thorndike Press, ISBN 0-7838-8554-7)
  2. The Storm Tide (1945, Thorndike Press, ISBN 0-7838-8800-7)
  3. Ebbing Tide (1947, Thorndike Press, ISBN 0-7838-8801-5)
Lover's Trilogy
  1. Dawning of the Day (1954, Down East, ISBN 0-89272-464-1)
  2. The Seasons Hereafter (1966, Down East, ISBN 0-89272-465-X)
  3. Strawberries in the Sea (1973, Down East, ISBN 0-89272-466-8)
Joanna Bennett's Island
  1. An Answer in the Tide (1978, Mcgraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-047664-0)
  2. Day Before Winter (1997, Down East, ISBN 0-89272-429-3)

Other Series

Cass Phillips
  1. Blueberry Summer (1956, Amereon Ltd, ISBN 0-88411-327-2)
  2. The Fabulous Year (1958, Whittlesey House, ISBN 0-401-31181-3)
Mirabelle Taggart
  1. Weep and Know Why (1972, Mcgraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-047619-5)
  2. Dreaming Swimmer (1976, Mcgraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-047598-9)
Jennie Trilogy
  1. Jennie about to Be (1984, Mcgraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-047769-8)
  2. World of Jennie G. (1986, Mcgraw-Hill, ISBN 0-07-047783-3)
  3. Jennie Glenroy (1993, Down East, ISBN 0-89272-326-2)

Adult novels[edit]

Young-adult novels[edit]


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