Liesel Moak Skorpen

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Liesel Moak Skorpen
Born (1935-07-01)1 July 1935
Died 8 May 2013(2013-05-08) (aged 77)
Occupation Children's Book Writer
Language English
Nationality American
Genre Children's literature
Notable works Old Arthur, My Mother's Dog, Elizabeth, We Were Tired of Living In a House, Outside My Window, Charles
Spouse Erling Skorpin (7 children)

Liesel Moak Skorpen is German-born children's author. Ms. Skorpen moved to the United States at a young age.

Her works include Old Arthur, We Were Tired of Living In a House, His Mother's Dog, Elizabeth and Outside My Window. Her illustrator for Old Arthur was Wallace Tripp.

Born in Germany, to Walter and Elizabeth Moak, she came to the US with her family, was raised and educated in Cleveland, Ohio.[1] Liesel graduated from Wells College, Aurora, New York, and went on to Yale University where, while studying philosophy, she met a scholar named Erling Skorpen. When he completed his Ph.D. in philosophy, they wed and moved to Nevada to start their family. Together, Liesel and Erling built a family of seven children, two of whom they adopted, one from Korea and the other off an Indian reservation. After suffering the loss of a young son, Per Anders, they moved to Maine - See more at:

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  1. ^ "Elizabeth Frackelton Moak Skorpen - Obituary". Bangor Daily News. May 11, 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2013. 


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