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Parish, Peggy

Jeanne Abrams

in American National Biography Online

Published in print January 1999 |
Published online February 2000 | e-ISBN: 9780198606697 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/anb/9780198606697.article.1602924

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Parish, Peggy (14 July 1927–19 November 1988), bestselling children's author, bestselling children’s author, was born Margaret Cecile Parish in Manning, South Carolina, to Herman Parish and Cecile Rogers. Her mother died when Parish was very young. Brought up near the Black River in the small southern town of Manning, with little exposure to culture, she did not experience a wider world until college. According to Parish, Manning was a place “where everybody knew everybody,” and life centered around church and school. Although her father’s occupation is unknown, Parish once remarked that he had no formal education beyond the fourth grade. Both the Parish children, however, were given a college education, and her brother Stanley became a physician. Because she was a sickly child, Parish felt that her family went out of their way to read to her, fostering a lifelong love of books. Parish received a B.A. from the University of South Carolina in 1948 with a major in English that reflected her love of reading. She then pursued graduate study at George Peabody College for Teachers (now Vanderbilt University) in 1950. During her writing career Parish produced over forty children’s books, including works of fiction, nonfiction, craft books, and mysteries....

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