Robin McKinley

Robin McKinley

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Robin McKinley (born November 16, 1952 as Jennifer Carolyn Robin McKinley) is a distinguished fantasy and children’s books author who has written sixteen books to date. Along with her fantasy novels, she has also written several children’s books. Her latest book Pegasus was published in 2010. She has announced the planned publication of Pegasus II, coming in 2012.

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Robin McKinley was born as Jennifer Carolyn Robin McKinley on 16 November 1952 in Warren, Ohio. Her father William McKinley was an officer in the United States Navy and her mother Jeanne Turrell McKinley was a teacher. As a result of her father’s changing naval posts, McKinley grew up all over the world including in California, New York, Japan, and Maine. She was educated at Gould Academy, a preparatory school in Bethel, Maine. McKinley went on to attend college, first at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 1970-1972. She finished her college education at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine and graduated summa cum laude in 1975.

After graduating from college, she remained in Maine for several years working as a research assistant and later in a bookstore. During this time, she completed her first book Beauty. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast was accepted for publication by the first publisher it was sent to and upon publication, it immediately pushed McKinley to prominence. The book was named by the American Library Association as a...
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