Ruth Edna Kelley

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Ruth Edna Kelly
Born(1893-03-08)March 8, 1893
DiedMarch 4, 1982(1982-03-04) (aged 88)
Marblehead, Massachusetts
CitizenshipUnited States
Years active1919 - 1947

Ruth Edna Kelley (8 April 1893 – 4 March 1982) was an American librarian and author. She is chiefly remembered for The Book of Hallowe'en (1919), the first book-length history of the holiday.[1]

The Book of Hallowe'en/The Witch of the Walnut-Tree

Kelley was born in Massachusetts, the only child of Charles F. Kelley, a carpenter, and his wife Mary. She grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts, and received a master of arts degree.

The Book of Hallowe'en was Kelly's first book. Her second book, A Life of Their Own (1947), dealt with immortality and spirituality.

Kelley died in Marblehead, Massachusetts at the age of 88.

Further reading[edit]

  • The full text of The Book of Hallowe'en at Wikisource
  • Who Was Who Among North American Authors, 1921-1939. Detroit: Gale Research, 1976.
  • Who's Who in Library Service: A Biographical Directory of Professional Librarians of the United States and Canada. Third edition. Edited by Dorothy Ethlyn Cole. New York: Grolier Society, 1955.


  1. ^ Winston, Sydnee (2017), Boo! The History of Halloween, National Women's History Museum

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