Marguerite de Angeli

1889 - 1969

Writer & Illustrator


Marguerite de
Marguerite Lofft was born in Lapeer, Michigan on March 14, 1889. In 1908 she met her future husband, John Daily de Angeli and married him two years later. In 1922 she was hired to illustrate school papers for Presbyterian and Baptist schools. Her success with illustrating led her to try her own book. It would be thirteen years later, in 1935, that she published her first book, Ted and Nina Go to the Grocery Store. When The Door in the Wall won a Newbery Medal in 1950, she was overwhelmed "This honor was so far beyond my wildest dream that I could hardly keep my feet on the ground." In 1971 she composed her autobiography, Butter at the Old Price. In 1979, the Governer of Michigan declared her 90th birthday to be Marguerite de Angeli Day. Two years later, the public library was renamed Marguerite de Angeli Branch Library. Marguerite de Angeli died on June 16, 1987 after a long and illustrious career as a children's author and illustrator.

Photograph from the Ann Arbor District Library

  • Newbery Medal in 1950 for The Door in the Wall
  • Lewis Carroll Shelf Award in 1961 for The Door in the Wall
  • Newbery Honor in 1957 for Black Fox of Lorne
  • Caldecott Honor in 1945 for Yori Wondernose
  • Caldecott Honor in 1955 for Book of Nursery and Mother Goose Rhymes
  • Michigan's Most Notable Books in 1938 for Copper-Toed Boots
  • Honored by the Graduate Library School of Drexel Institute in 1963
  • Regina Medal of the Catholic Library Association in 1968
Selected Works
  • De Angeli, Marguerite. (1949). The Door in the Wall. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co.
  • De Angeli, Marguerite. (1971). Butter at the Old Price: The Autobiography of Marguerite de Angeli. Garden City, New York: Doubleday & Co.
  • Hedblad, A. ed. (1999). de Angeli, Marguerite (Lofft). In Something About the Author (Vol. 82, pp. 31-37). Detroit, Michigan: Gale Research.
  • Lapeer County Public Library, Michigan. Marguerite deAngeli Collection. Last accessed May 5, 2002.

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