Eloise Jarvis McGraw

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Eloise Jarvis McGraw (December 9, 1915 – November 30, 2000) was an American author of children's books and young adult novels.[1]


McGraw also contributed to the Oz series started by L. Frank Baum; working with her daughter, graphic artist and librarian Lauren Lynn McGraw (Wagner), she wrote Merry Go Round in Oz (the last of the Oz books issued by Baum's publisher) and The Forbidden Fountain of Oz. The actual writing of the books was done entirely by Eloise; Lauren made story contributions significant enough for Eloise to assign her co-authorship credit. McGraw's The Rundelstone of Oz was published in 2000 without a credit to her daughter.

Author Gina Wickwar credited McGraw with help in the editing of her book The Hidden Prince of Oz (2000).[2]


She was awarded the Newbery Honor three times in three different decades, for her novels Moccasin Trail (1952), The Golden Goblet (1962), and The Moorchild (1997). A Really Weird Summer (1977) won an Edgar Award for Best Juvenile Mystery from the Mystery Writers of America, as later did Tangled Web (1994).[3] McGraw had a very strong interest in history, and among the many books she wrote for children are Greensleeves, The Seventeenth Swap, The Striped Ships and Mara, Daughter of the Nile. A Lewis Carroll Shelf Award was given to Moccasin Trail in 1963.

Personal life[edit]

McGraw lived for many years in Portland, Oregon before dying in late 2000 of "complications of cancer."[4] She was married to William Corbin McGraw, who died in 1999. They had two children, Peter and Lauren.[5]


  • Moccasin Trail. New York: Scholastic. 1992. ISBN 978-0-590-44551-1. (originally copyright 1952)
  • A Really Weird Summer (1st Collier Books ed.). New York: Collier Books. 1990. ISBN 978-0-02-044483-1.
  • Joel and the Great Merlini. New York: Pantheon Books. 1979. ISBN 978-0-394-94193-6.
  • Tangled Webb (1st ed.). New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 1993. ISBN 978-0-689-50573-7.
  • Hideaway (1st Collier Books ed.). New York: Collier Books. 1990. ISBN 978-0-02-044482-4.
  • Sawdust in His Shoes. Putnam Publishing Group. 1971. ISBN 978-0-698-30303-4. (originally copyright 1950)
  • The Seventeenth Swap (1986)
  • Greensleeves, Harcourt, 1968
  • The Trouble With Jacob
  • Mara, Daughter of the Nile - Coward, 1953
  • The Golden Goblet, Coward, 1961
  • The Striped Ships. New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books. 1991. ISBN 0-689-50532-9.
  • Merry Go Round in Oz (1963; co-author Lauren Lynn Wagner)[6]
  • The Moorchild
  • Master Cornhill (New York: Atheneum, 1973; reprinted Littleton, CO: Sonlight Curriculum, 1995)
  • The Rundelstone of Oz, 2000
  • The Forbidden Fountain of Oz (1980, co-author Lauren Lynn Wagner)[6]
  • The Money Room
  • Crown Fire, Coward, 1951
  • Pharaoh (adult novel, set in Ancient Egypt), Coward, 1958 [7]
  • "Techniques of Fiction Writing", Writer, 1959


  1. ^ Lauren Lynn McGraw, "Eloise Jarvis McGraw, 1915–2000," The Baum Bugle, Vol. 45 No. 2 (Autumn 2001), pp. 5-7.
  2. ^ Gina Wickwar, "Early Morning Musings: Writing The Hidden Prince of Oz," The Baum Bugle, Vol. 45 No. 2 (Autumn 2001), pp. 20-24.
  3. ^ Search result for "Eloise Jarvis McGraw" in Edgars database (retrieved January 6, 2022)
  4. ^ "Author, Correspondent, Friend: Tributes to Eloise Jarvis McGraw," The Baum Bugle, Vol. 45 No. 2 (Autumn 2001), pp. 8-13.
  5. ^ Commire, Anne. Something About the Author, Gale Publishing, 1971
  6. ^ a b Drew, Bernard A. (2010). Literary Afterlife: The Posthumous Continuations of 325 Authors' Fictional Characters, p. 197. McFarland & Company, Inc.
  7. ^ McGarry, Daniel D., White, Sarah Harriman, Historical Fiction Guide: Annotated Chronological, Geographical, and Topical List of Five Thousand Selected Historical Novels. Scarecrow Press, New York, 1963 (pg. 22)

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