Submitted by Hitty Gale
Rachel Field was an author, poet, playwright and lyricist. Rachel Lyman Field was born September 19, 1894 in New York. She was educated at Radcliff College. In 1935, she married literary agent, Arthur S. Pederson and they had one daughter, Hannah.
At the age of 15 years old, Rachel Field was sent to study art with her cousins on Sutton Island and thus began a life long love of Maine. She spent almost every summer in the Cranberry Isles and purchased a house on Sutton Island in 1922. Many of her books are set in Maine including the first three chapters of Hitty, Her First Hundred Years.
Rachel Field was a noted novelist, poet, playwright and lyricist. Her English lyrics for Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria were included in the Disney film, Fantasia.
All This and Heaven Too was made into a major Hollywood movie starring Bette Davis and Charles Boyer as was And Now Tomorrow which starred Alan Ladd, Loretta Young and Susan Hayward
She was the first woman recipient of the Newbery Medal for Children’s Literature in 1930 for Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. It is the story of a wooden doll named Hitty. The book was illustrated by Dorothy P Lathrop.
Her book, Calico Bush, was a Newbery Honor winner in 1932.
In 1993, Rachel Field’s poem, If Once You Have Slept on an Island, was published as a picture book by Mulberry Books. It is illustrated by Iris Van Rynbach. Grace for an Island Meal, illustrated by Cynthia Jabar was published in 2006.
Rachel Field passed away after complications from pneumonia in 1942. She was 48 years old.