May McNeer

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May Yonge McNeer Ward (1902 in Tampa, Florida – 1994 in Reston, Virginia) was an American journalist and author of a variety of subjects writing as May McNeer.

Early life[edit]

Her first published story appeared in a Washington, D.C. newspaper when she was eleven years old. In high school she made a fateful decision to give up drawing for writing. She later settled the point for good by marrying visual artist Lynd Ward after his graduation from Columbia University in 1926 as did she.

Career and awards[edit]

She attended the University of Georgia School of Journalism. McNeer was the first female undergraduate at the University of Georgia in her freshman year. She graduated in 1926 from Columbia School of Journalism. That same year when they married, the couple spent four months in Eastern Europe followed by a year in Leipzig in Germany where Ward studied Graphic Arts and Bookmaking. Returning to the U.S. they began work on the writing and publication of books. Many of her works were illustrated by her husband.

In 1975 the two were jointly awarded the Regina Medal a literary award conferred annually by the U.S. based Catholic Library Association in recognition for "continued, distinguished contribution to children's literature without regard to the nature of the contribution".

Personal life[edit]

The Wards lived in Cresskill, New Jersey, spending their summers in Canada. They had two daughters, Nanda and Robin (sic).[1]


McNeer died in Reston, Virginia in 1994, aged 92; dying 10 years following her husband's death.


  1. ^ Steven L. Herb, "Storyteller without Words: The Graphic Novels of Lynd Ward", The Sixth Follett Lecture, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Dominican University, 14 April 2010 [1]