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Cornelia Meigs

Cornelia Meigs (1884 - 1973) was a children’s author, and a specialist in children’s literature. She was born in Rock Island, Illinois, and lived most of her life in Iowa. She was educated at Bryn Mawr College, and became a member of its English Department, eventually as a Professor Emeritus. Meigs was an acknowledged authority on children’s literature, and also wrote more than 20 children’s books herself. She was awarded the Newbery Medal in 1934 for Invincible Louisa: The Story of the Author of Little Women. Swift Rivers was a Newbery Honor book in 1933.


Her one horse story is The Dutch Colt.


Links and sources

Terri A. Wear: Horse Stories, an Annotated Bibliography, Scarecrow Press, 1987

National Library of Congress

Biographical information

A picture of Cornelia Meigs, and some pictures of her books




Bibliography - horse books only

The Dutch Colt

Macmillan, New York, 1952, 136 pp, illus George and Doris Hauman



Mr Penn has struck disaster, and has to sell all his horses to pay off his debts. Hugh buys one,
a grey work horse, so that when Mr Penn returns from England, he will have a basis with which
to start off his horse farm again.