Science fiction Fantasy
February 17, 1912
Witch World Series
“As a child I was an avid reader and went through any book which came to hand,” Andre Norton recalled in Books I Read When I Was Young. “I went to the library once a week and, since we were limited to only two books at a time then, I chanced upon—to my great joy—shelves of the bound copies of the St. Nicholas magazine, which were the answer to my problem as two of such gave me a number of serials as well as short stories.…
“However, my greatest love—and I still often reread them today—were the Oz books.… They are the only truly American fairy tales.… When I reached high school the John Carter stories by [Edgar Rice] Burroughs (I never did like Tarzan very much) opened a whole new world of imagination for me—I had not been aware that that existed before, though I had always longed to find such tales.”
Alice Mary Norton attended Western Reserve (now Case Western Reserve) University from 1930 to 1932. She worked as a children's librarian in Cleveland from 1930 to 1941 and from 1942 to 1951. During the year between, she managed a bookstore and lending library. Also in 1941, she worked as a special librarian for a citizenship project in Washington, D.C., and at the Library of Congress. She became a freelance writer in 1950. She was an editor with Gnome Press from 1950 to 1958.