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Marguerite de Angeli 

The Marguerite deAngeli Library in Lapeer, Michigan, houses the Marguerite de Angeli Archive, one of the largest collections of original artwork, manuscripts, personal correspondences and memorabilia of Marguerite de Angeli outside of her family. The library feels a special stewardship for the works of Mrs. de Angeli and is actively pursuing strategies that will preserve her works and continue public awareness of her as years go by.

Marguerite Lofft de Angeli is one of the best known and highly regarded author/illustrators in American children's literature. Born in Lapeer, Michigan in 1889, she was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1950 for The Door in the Wall and was among the first to be inducted into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame.

A Lapeer, Michigan native, Mrs. deAngeli is recognized throughout the world as a significant author and illustrator of 20th century children's literature. She created a stream of children's fiction that enriched this country's literature and described its astonishing cultural diversity. Her body of work encompasses over 50 years, 28 books written and illustrated, and more than a dozen books illustrated for other writers.

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