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Full Name: Hugh Lofting
(1886-1947) Illustrator, writer of children's stories. Hugh Lofting was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England. He came to America and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1904-05 to study engineering. He returned to England complete his education at the London Polytechnic in 1906-07. He became a civil engineer and traveled through Africa, the West Indies, and Canada. But, in 1912, he gave up engineering to devote his time to writing, and settled in New York City, eventually marrying there. Lofting enlisted in the British Army in 1916 and served in Flanders and France. While on duty, separated from his family, Lofting would send home letters to his children about a doctor who could speak to his animal patients as well as his human patients. These letters eventually formed a narrative stream, which after the war, were published in 1920 as "The Story of Doctor Dolittle." The response was incredible, and Lofting began publishing a series of Dr. Dolittle books. In 1922, Lofting was awarded the John Newberry Medal for "the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children."
Author's Timeline:
1886 (Unknown) County
Hugh Lofting was born in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, in 1886.  
1912 New York County
Lofting, in 1912, gave up engineering to devote his time to writing, and settled in New York City. 
1920 (Unknown) County
The Story of Doctor Dolittle
(Pub: Frederick A. Stokes. ISBN: )
Children's book; first in a series of about a dozen Dr. Dolittle books. 
1947 (Unknown) County
Hugh Lofting died in Topanga, California, in 1947.  
1942 (Unknown) County
Victory for the Slain
Long poem. 
1947 (Unknown) County
Hugh Lofting was interred at Evergreen Cemetery, Killingworth, Middlesex County, Connecticut. 
1922 (Unknown) County
The Voyages Of Doctor Dolittle
(Pub: J. B. Lippincott & Co. ISBN: )
Children's book; winner of the Newbery Medal in 1923. 
1928 (Unknown) County
Doctor Dolittle In The Moon
(Pub: J. B. Lippincott Co. ISBN: )
Children's book. 
1923 (Unknown) County
The Story Of Mrs. Tubbs
Children's book. 
1936 (Unknown) County
Tommy, Tilly, and Mrs. Tubbs
Children's book. 
1924 (Unknown) County
Porridge Poetry
Children's poetry. 
1929 (Unknown) County
Noisy Nora
Children's book. 
1930 (Unknown) County
The Twilight of Magic
Children's book; illustrated by Lois Lenski. 
1950 (Unknown) County
Doctor Dolittle and the Green Canary
(Pub: J. B. Lippincott & Co. ISBN: )
Children's book. 

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