Athens, Ohio :, Ohio University Press,, 
viii, 145 pages : illustrations, map ; 24 cm.
"A biography of one of the most honored authors of children's literature in the twentieth century. Long before she wrote The House of Dies Drear, M. C. Higgins, the Great, and many other modern classics, Hamilton grew up among her extended family around Yellow Springs, Ohio. The stories she heard from her family fueled her imagination, and the freedom to roam the farms and woods nearby sharpened her powers of observation and encouraged her creativity. As she grew older, witnessing racial discrimination and the response of the early civil rights movement established in her a lifelong commitment to representing a diversity of experiences in her work"-- Edited from publisher's description.