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Phyllis Ayame Whitney

Phyllis Ayame Whitney, Japanese author. Recipient Friends of Literature award for contributions to children's literature, 1974; Reynal and Hitchcock prize in Youth Today contest for book Willow Hill; Today's Woman award Council Cerebral Palsy Auxs., 1983, Agatha award Malice Domestic, 1990, Rita award Romance Writers American, 1990, Lifetime award Romance Writers American, 1990, Midland Authors award for a lifetime of literary achievement, 1995.


  • Whitney, Phyllis Ayame was born on September 9, 1903 in Yokohama, Japan. Daughter of Charles J. and Lillian (Mandeville) Whitney.

  • Education

    • Graduate, McKinley High School, Chicago, 1924.


    • Instructor dancing, San Antonio, 1 yr. Teacher juvenile fiction writing Northwestern University, 1945. Children's book editor Chicago Sun, 1942-1946, Philadelphia Inquirer, 1947, 48.

      Instructor juvenile fiction writing New York University, 1947-1958. Leader juvenile fiction workshop Writers Conference, University Colorado, 1952, 54, 56. President executive board 5th Annual Writers Conference, Northwestern University, 1944.


    • Sea Jade
    • A historical novel set in the late 19th century in which a woman returns to Bascomb's Point and soon has cause to regret her impulsive visit when she finds herself plunged into a loveless marriage and everyone in Bascomb's Point apparently hostile towards her.


    Spent first 15 years of life in Japan, China and P.I. (father in shipping and hotel business). Member Mystery Writers American (president 1975, Grandmaster award for lifetime achievement 1988), American Crime Writers League, Sisters in Crime, Authors League of America, Authors Round Table (president 1943-1944).


    • Married George A. Garner, July 2, 1925 (divorced 1945). Married Lovell F. Jahnke, 1950 (deceased 1973).
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    Born September 9, 1903
    Died February 8, 2008
    (aged 104)
    • 1924
      McKinley High School
    • 1942 - 1946
      children's book editor Chicago Sun
    • 1945
      teacher, juvenile fiction writing Northwestern University
    • 1947
      children's book editor Chicago Sun
    • 1947 - 1958
      instructor, juvenile fiction writing New York University
    • 1952
      leader, juvenile fiction workshop Writers Conference
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