|Born||September 19, 1894|
New York City
|Died||March 15, 1942 (aged 47)|
Los Angeles, California
|Resting place||Stockbridge, Massachusetts|
|Alma mater||Radcliffe College|
|Period||1924–1944 as an adult|
|Genre||Drama, poetry, novels, children's fiction|
|Notable awards||Newbery Award |
National Book Award
|Spouse||Arthur S. Pederson|
|Relatives||Henriette Desportes Field|
Rachel Lyman Field (September 19, 1894 – March 15, 1942) was an American novelist, poet, and children's fiction writer. She is best known for the Newbery Award–winning Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. Field also won a National Book Award, Newbery Honor award and two of her books are on the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list. In May 2021, a complete biography of Rachel Field's life, written by author Robin Clifford Wood , will be published by She Writes Press.
Field was a descendant of David Dudley Field, the early New England clergyman and writer. She grew up in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. Her first published work was an essay entitled "A Winter Walk" printed in St. Nicholas Magazine when she was 16. She was educated at Radcliffe College where she studied writing under George Pierce Baker.
According to Ruth Hill Viguers, Field was "fifteen when she first visited Maine and fell under the spell of its 'island-scattered coast'. Calico Bush  still stands out as a near-perfect re-creation of people and place in a story of courage, understated and beautiful."
Field married Arthur S. Pederson in 1935, with whom she collaborated in 1937 on To See Ourselves. In 1938 one of her plays was adapted for the British film The Londonderry Air. She was also successful as an author of adult fiction, writing the bestsellers Time Out of Mind (1935), All This and Heaven Too (1938), and And Now Tomorrow (1942). They were adapted as films produced under their own titles in 1947, 1940, and 1944, respectively. Field also wrote the English lyrics for the version of Franz Schubert's "Ave Maria" used in the Disney film Fantasia.
She also wrote a story about the nativity of Jesus, "All Through the Night".
She moved to Hollywood, where she lived with her husband and daughter.
The 1944 (posthumous) Prayer for a Child, with a story by Field and illustrations by Elizabeth Orton Jones, won the Caldecott Medal recognizing the year's "most distinguished picture book for children" published in the U.S.
Hitty and Prayer for a Child were both named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list of books deemed to belong "on the same bookshelf" with Carroll's Alice. Prayer for a Child was one of the seventeen inaugural selections in 1958, which were originally published 1893 to 1957. Hitty was added in 1961.
- 1924, The Pointed People, poetry
- 1924, Cinderella Married, A Comedy in One Act, drama
- 1924, Six Plays, drama
- 1926, Taxis and Toadstools, poetry
- 1926, Eliza and the Elves, fiction
- 1926, An Alphabet for Boys and Girls, poetry
- 1927, The Magic Pawnshop, fiction
- 1927, The Cross-Stitch Heart And Other One-Act Plays, drama
- 1928, Little Dog Toby, fiction
- 1929, Hitty, Her First Hundred Years, fiction—winner of the 1930 Newbery Medal
- 1930, A Circus Garland: Poems, poetry
- 1931, Calico Bush, fiction
- 1931, The Bad Penny: A Drama in One Act, drama
- 1932, Hepatica Hawks, fiction (translated into German by Annemarie Böll "Die Tochter des Riesen")
- 1933, Just Across The Street, fiction
- 1934, Branches Green, poetry (including "Something Told the Wild Geese")
- 1934, Susanna B And William C, fiction
- 1934, God's Pocket, historical non-fiction
- 1935, Time Out Of Mind , fiction
- 1936, Fear Is the Thorn, poetry
- 1936, First Class Matter: A Comedy in One Act, drama
- 1937, To See Ourselves, by Field and her husband Arthur Pederson, fiction
- 1938, All This and Heaven Too, based on the true story of Field's great-aunt, Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, and made into a movie, All This, and Heaven Too, in 1940.
- 1938(?), The Londonderry Air, drama; produced as a film, The Londonderry Air (1938)
- 1940(?), "Ave Maria" lyrics for the film Fantasia (1940)
- 1940, All Through the Night, nativity story
- 1942, And Now Tomorrow, fiction
- 1944, Prayer for a Child, fiction, picture book illustrated by Elizabeth Orton Jones—winner of the 1945 Caldecott Medal
- "RACHEL FIELD, 47, NOVELIST, IS DEAD". The New York Times. March 16, 1942. p. 15.
- D. G. "The Rachel Field Exhibition." The Yale University Library Gazette 31, no. 1 (1956): 53-54. https://www.jstor.org/stable/40857725.
- Ruth Hill Viguers, "Introduction" (date?) to Calico Bush by Rachel Field (1931).
- Rachel Field at Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- Fantasia, end screen credits, last segment "Night on Bald Mountain/Ave Maria".
- Newbery Medal Books: 1922–1955, eds. Bertha Mahony Miller and Elinor Whitney Field, The Horn Book, Inc., 1955, LOC 55-13968, pp. 77–85.
- Fordyce, Rachel (1978). "Field, Rachel (Lyman)". In Kirkpatrick, D.L. (ed.). Twentieth-century Children's Writers. London: Macmillan. p. 445. ISBN 978-0-33323-414-3.
- "Newbery Medal and Honor Books, 1922-Present". Association for Library Service to Children. ALA. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Caldecott Medal Winners, 1938 - Present". Association for Library Service to Children. ALA. Retrieved 2012-03-15.
- "Books and Authors", The New York Times, April 12, 1936, page BR12.
- "Lewis is Scornful of Radio Culture: Nothing Ever Will Replace the Old-Fashioned Book, He Tells Booksellers", The New York Times, May 12, 1936, page 25.
- "Something Told the Wild Geese by Rachel Field". The Writer's Almanac with Garrison Keillor. Minnesota Public Radio. September 22, 1999.
- Better Homes and Gardens treasury of Christmas ideas: and a selection of favorite stories,poems, and carols. Meredith Press. 1966. p. 4.
- Papers, 1845–1942—finding aid at Radcliffe College Archives, Schlesinger Library, Harvard University (2007)
- Rachel Field collection at the Mortimer Rare Book Collection, Smith College Special Collections
- Rachel Field Collection. Yale Collection of American Literature, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.