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Elizabeth Janet Gray

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(1902 - 1999)

Elizabeth Janet Gray

Elizabeth Janet Gray Vining (1902 – 1999), was an American professional librarian and author who tutored Emperor Akihito of Japan in English while he was crown prince. She was also a noted author whose children’s book, Adam of the Road, received the Newbery Award in 1943.



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Adam of the Road (1942)

Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature in 1943 for this the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the book follows the adventures of a young boy, Adam. After losing his spaniel and minstrel father, Adam embarks on a series of escapades throughout medieval England. Readers are given an accurate portrayal of medieval culture and society. The book is illustrated by Robert Lawson.  The Newbery Award seal was applied to the dust jacket by the time of the second printing in June 1943. The paper in the first printing is unusually heavy for a war time book, but by the second and third printings, it had noticably decreased in thickness. The green cloth binding of the first printing became blue in subsequent printings. 

1942
1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Adam of the Road (1943)

Adam of the Road is a novel by Elizabeth Janet Gray. Gray won the Newbery Medal for excellence in American children’s literature in 1943 for this the book. Set in thirteenth-century England, the book follows the adventures of a young boy, Adam. After losing his spaniel and minstrel father, Adam embarks on a series of escapades throughout medieval England. Readers are given an accurate portrayal of medieval culture and society. The book is illustrated by Robert Lawson. This is the first British edition. The type was reset, reducing the page count considerably. The prefatory poem is missing.

1942
1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Adam of the Road (1949)

In this story of thirteenth-century England, Adam travels from St. Albans Abbey to Winchester to Oxford in search of his father, a strolling player. This later edition uses one of the interior illustrations for the dust jacket. It maintains the different type setting of the first British edition.

1943

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Robert Lawson

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Young Walter Scott (1935)

An imaginative biography of Sir Walter Scott’s youth.

1935
1936

Author(s): Elizabeth Janet Gray
Illustrator(s): Kate Seredy

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