Having worked as a journalist when she was younger, George wrote her first novels in the late 1940s with her then-husband John Lothur George. After they divorced in 1963, she continued to write and in 1972 Julie of the Wolves was published. The tale of a young girl experiencing changes forced upon her culture from the outside, the book was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1973 and came to be included in elementary school reading lists.
Jean Craighead George continued to write well into the 21st century and ultimately wrote more than 100 books. Her work was characterised by a keen interest in the natural world, and in the impact of mankind on the world in which we live.
GEORGE, Jean (Jean Craighead)
Born: 7/2/1919, Washington, D.C.
Died: 5/15/2012, U.S.A.
Jean George’s westerns – composer, dialogue, lyricist:
Silent Valley – 1935 [dialogue]
The Kid’s Last Ride – 1941 [song lyrics]
Fugitive Valley – 1941 [song lyrics]
Saddle Mountain Roundup – 1941 [song lyrics]
Tonto Basin Outlaws – 1941 [song lyrics]
Underground Rustlers – 1941 [song lyrics]
Thunder River Feud – 1942 [composer]
Rock River Renegades – 1942 [song composer]