Wilson Rawls

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Birthday
24, 1913
Birthplace
Scraper, OK
Death Date
Dec 16, 1984 (71)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
24, 1913
Birthplace
Scraper, OK
Death Date
Dec 16, 1984 (71)

About

An American author of children's literature, he is best known for such titles as Where the Red Fern Grows (1961) and Summer of the Monkeys (1976). His numerous literary honors include the Sequoyah Children's Book Award and the Golden Archer Award.

Before Fame

He became a carpenter and traveled to South America, Canada, and Alaska. He later worked for the Atomic Energy Commission.

Trivia

He grew up in the Ozark Mountains, a location that would serve as the setting for many of his books.

Family Life

He was born in Oklahoma and traveled with his family to New Mexico during the Great Depression years. He married Sophie Ann Styczinski in 1958.

Associated With

As a child, Rawls read Jack London's work and was greatly inspired by it.