Posted on August 23, 2021 at 8:14 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A number of authors have died this month: James W. Loewen, Eloise Greenfield, and Jill Murphy.

The former was best known for his dedication to fighting historical misconceptions, writes the New York Times in his obituary.

Loewen, who died August 19 at age seventy-nine, was best known for Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your American History Textbook Got Wrong and nearly a dozen other books with similar goals.

Greenfield (who died August 5 at age ninety-two) and Murphy (who died August 18 at seventy-two), meanwhile, were both highly respected children’s authors.

Greenfield’s nearly fifty books told the stories of Black figures, both historical and modern, and earned her the Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award for lifetime achievement (among others), according to the NY Times.

And Murphy’s works resonated with both parents and children alike; The Worst Witch and its subsequent books focused on a well-intentioned but inept student, while The Large Family opened up a series with a mother just trying to enjoy a bath despite her three children’s intrusions.

You can read obituaries for her in the Guardian and NPR.

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