Marjorie Torrey

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Marjorie Torrey Hood Chanslor (November 10, 1891 – September 1, 1964)[1] was an American illustrator and writer of children's books. She also wrote two mystery novels for adults under the name Torrey Chanslor and published under the name Torrey Bevans. She was a runner-up for the annual American Library Association Caldecott Medal for children's picture book illustration, in both 1946 and 1947; Opal Wheeler wrote both books, Sing Mother Goose and Sing in Praise).[2]

Chanslor was born in Brooklyn in 1891 to William A. Hood (1860–1918) and Caroline Lincoln Torrey (1861–1949).[1]

In 1911, she married Thomas Murray Bevans (1879–1953) in Jersey City, New Jersey. He was previously married to Anna Fessenden Bradley (1900). They had a son, Tom Torre Bevans (1912–2003), who renewed copyright to several of her books in the 1970s. Her son was married to Margaret Van Doren Bevans, also a writer and illustrator.[3]

She married secondly screenwriter Roy Edwin Chanslor (1899–1964), who wrote The Menace.[4] In April 1935, she was fined $1,450 (equivalent to $25,000 in 2016) for throwing a cocktail at screenwriter Lon Young at a New Year's Eve party at the Cafe Trocadero nightclub in Los Angeles.[5]

She died September 1, 1964 in Manhattan, age 72.[6] There was no service, per her request.[7]


  • Sarah's idea (1938) As Illustrator Copyright Renewed 1966 Tom Torrey Bevans
  • Our First Murder (Frederick A. Stokes, 1940) – mystery fiction for adults, featuring the Beagle Sisters, LCCN 40-13519
  • Our Second Murder (Stokes, 1941), LCCN 41-3902
  • Penny (1944)
  • Artie and the Princess (1945)
  • Three Little Chipmunks (1947)
  • The Merriweathers (1949) Copyright renewed 1976 Tom Torrey Bevans
  • New star of the show (1949) as Illustrator Copyright Renewed 1976 Tom Torrey Bevans
  • Alice in Wonderland (1955) - as illustrator
  • Far from Marlborough street
  • Trouble for Jerry Doris Gages Illustrations by Marjorie Torrey
  • Saturday Night is My Delight
  • Sing Mother Goose, written by Opal Wheeler (E. P. Dutton, 1945)
  • Sing in Praise: a collection of the best loved hymns, by Opal Wheeler (Dutton, 1946)
  • Abide with Me Illustrations by Marjorie Torrey
  • Hoodoo that Voodoo Illustrations by Marjorie Torrey
  • Songs to sing with the very young, by Phyllis Brown Ohanian (1966)
  • Peter Pan (Random House, Inc. 1957) as Illustrator {LCCN 57-7525}


  1. ^ a b Marjorie Torrey Chanslor in U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007. Social Security Administration.
  2. ^ "Caldecott Medal & Honor Books, 1938-Present". American Library Association. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. ^ Howe, Marvine (July 18, 1993). "Margaret Van Doren Bevans, 75, Children's Author and Illustrator". The New York Times. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 
  4. ^ International Motion Picture Almanac. Quigley Publishing Company. 1941. p. 104. Retrieved 12 July 2017. CHANSLOR, ROY: Writer, b. Liberty. Mo. 
  5. ^ "Glass Thrower Taxed". San Antonio Express. Associated Press. April 30, 1935. 
  6. ^ Marjo(rie) Chanslor in New York, New York, Death Index, 1949-1965
  7. ^ "Deaths". The New York Times. September 4, 1964. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 

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