Margery Williams (1881 – 1944)

Margery Williams was an English-American author best known for her children's book The Velveteen Rabbit (1922).

Williams father was a noted barrister and scholar, who was loving and supportive of his daughters, encouraging them to read and write. His death when Margery was just 7 greatly impacted her life.

In 1890 her family moved from London to the United States, but she returned to London at the age of 19 to pursue writing, and published her first novel in 1902 The Late Returning. Two other novels followed, The Price of Youth, and The Bar, although none of them found success.

Williams met and married Francesco Bianco, and the couple had two children, one of which, Pamela, was a renowned child artist, showing her work in Italy at the age of 11 after the family had relocated overseas.

After marrying and having children Williams took some time off from writing, returning to it in 1914 with a horror novel The Thing in the Woods.

But her real success came after World War I had ended and Williams returned to the United States where she published The Velveteen Rabbit or How Toys Become Real (1922).
She published 2 dozen books for children and young adults during the rest of her lifetime, including Winterbound, a young adult book that retroactively was awarded a Newbery Honor Award.

Books by Margery Williams