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Phyllis McGinley

(1905-1978 / United States)

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Phyllis McGinley (March 21, 1905 - February 22, 1978) was an American writer of children's books and poet about the positive aspects of suburban life.[1]

McGinley was born in Ontario, Oregon. At age 3, her family moved to Colorado, and on to Ogden, Utah after her father died.

She studied at the University of Southern California and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, ... more »

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  • Kindness is a virtue neither modern nor urban. One almost unlearns it in a city. Towns have their own beatitude; they are not unfriendly; they offer a vast and solacing anonymity or an equally vast an...
    Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A Garland of Kindness," The Province of the Heart (1959).
  • Who could deny that privacy is a jewel? It has always been the mark of privilege, the distinguishing feature of a truly urbane culture. Out of the cave, the tribal tepee, the pueblo, the community for...
    Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A Lost Privilege," The Province of the Heart (1959).
  • Gossip isn't scandal and it's not merely malicious. It's chatter about the human race by lovers of the same. Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shop-talk of the scientist, and the consolation of the ...
    Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "A New Year and No Resolutions," Woman's Home Companion (Jan. 1957).
  • ''Please to put a nickel,
    Please to put a dime.
    How petitions trickle
    In at Christmas time!''
    Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "Dear Madam: We Know You Will Want to Contribute ...," Times Three (1960).
  • ''The Enemy, who wears
    Her mother's usual face
    And confidential tone,
    Has access; doubtless stares
    Into her writing case
    And listens on the phone.''
    Phyllis McGinley (1905-1978), U.S. poet, author. "Fourteenth Birthday," Times Three (1960).
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