Jackson, Jacqueline 1928–

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Jackson, Jacqueline 1928–

(Jacqueline Dougan Jackson)

PERSONAL: Born May 3, 1928, in Beloit, WI; daughter of Ronald Arthur (a dairy farm owner) and Vera (Wardner) Dougan; married Robert S. Jackson, June 17, 1950 (divorced, 1973); children: Damaris Lee, Megan Trever, Gillian Patricia, Jacqueline Elspeth. Education: Beloit College, B.A., 1950; University of Michigan, M.A., 1951.

ADDRESSES: Home—816 N. 5th St., Springfield, IL 62702. Office—University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield, IL 62701.

CAREER: Educator and writer. Kent State University, Kent, OH, lecturer in children's literature, 1964–68; Teacher Development Center, Rockford, IL, consultant in creative writing, 1968–70; University of Illinois at Springfield (formerly Sangamon State University), Springfield, IL, associate professor of literature, 1970–83, professor, then professor emeritus, 1983–. Developed series of creative writing programs for University of Wisconsin, 1969–; teacher in workshops on children's creativity; radio lecturer for The Author Is You, WHA of the University of Wisconsin, 1969–78, and Reading and Writing and Radio, WSSU, Springfield, IL, 1975–94.

MEMBER: Modern Language Association of America, Children's Reading Round Table, Phi Beta Kappa.

AWARDS, HONORS: Notable Book citation from American Library Association, 1966, and Dorothy Canfield Fisher children's book award, 1967, both for The Taste of Spruce Gum; honorary degrees include: D.Litt. from MacMurray College, 1976, and D.H.L. from Beloit College, 1977.



Julie's Secret Sloth, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1953.

(And illustrator) The Paleface Redskins, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1958.

The Taste of Spruce Gum, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1966.

Missing Melinda, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1967.

Chicken Ten Thousand (Junior Literary Guild selection), Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1968.

(And illustrator) The Ghost Boat, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1969.

Spring Song, Kent State University Press (Kent State, OH), 1969.

The Orchestra Mice, Reilly & Lee (Chicago, IL), 1970.

The Endless Pavement, Seabury, 1973.

Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail (also for adults), Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1974.

James R. Jackson: Art Was His Life, Bay Books (Sydney, New South Wales, Australia), 1991.


(Illustrator) Chad Walsh, Knock and Enter, Morehouse (New York, NY), 1952.

(As Jacqueline Dougan Jackson) Stories from the Round Barn (memoir), TriQuarterly Books (Evanston, IL), 2000.

(As Jacqueline Dougan Jackson) More Stories from the Round Barn (memoir), TriQuarterly Books (Evanston, IL), 2001.

Also author of The Cloudlanders, published in a newspaper. Contributor of about forty short stories and poems to magazines, including Highlights, Grade Teacher, Instructor, American Farm Youth, Episcopal Churchnews, Journal of the National Federation of Music Clubs, Top 'o' the News, Episcopalian, Writer, Publishers Weekly, and Classmate.

SIDELIGHTS: Jacqueline Jackson's first story was published when she was ten years old; and her first novel, The Cloudlanders, was published in a local newspaper shortly after that. Jackson has written and/or illustrated several children's books since then. In 2001, her memoir Stories from the Round Barn was published. Jackson recounts her experiences growing up on the family dairy farm, including learning about sex from the farm's artificial inseminator, and recalls her family history from the early 1900s. Carolyn Maddux, writing in the Antioch Review, commented that the author "offers an affectionate, no-holds-barred look at dairy farm life." A Publishers Weekly contribu-tor noted that the book is "rich in human warmth and rural detail" and went on to call the effort "heartfelt." Irwin Weintraub, writing in the Library Journal, commented, "Jackson's delightful recollections will arouse readers' curiosity about Midwestern life in a bygone era." The author continued her recollections in her follow-up memoir More Stories from the Round Barn. "These earnest sketches capture the sounds and rhythms of early and mid-20th-century rural life," wrote a Publishers Weekly contributor in a review of the second memoir. The reviewer went on to call the book "quaint, warm and sincere."



Jackson, Jacqueline Dougan, Stories from the Round Barn, TriQuarterly Books (Evanston, IL), 2000.

Jackson, Jacqueline Dougan, More Stories from the Round Barn, TriQuarterly Books (Evanston, IL), 2001.


Antioch Review, winter, 1999, Carolyn Maddux, review of Stories from the Round Barn, p. 115.

Kirkus Reviews, August 1, 1967, review of Missing Melinda, p. 878; April 15, 1969, review of The Ghost Boat, p. 441; December 1, 1974, review of Turn Not Pale, Beloved Snail, p. 1261; August 15, 1997, review of Stories from the Round Barn, p. 1277.

Library Journal, October 15, 1966, review of The Taste of Spruce Gum, p. 5252; May 15, 1970, review of The Orchestra Mice, p. 1943; October 1, 1997, Irwin Weintraub, review of Stories from the Round Barn, p. 109.

Publishers Weekly, July 22, 1968, review of Chicken Ten Thousand, p. 63; September 17, 1973, review of The Endless Pavement, p. 56; September 1, 1997, review of Stories from the Round Barn, p. 85; June 3, 2002, review of More Stories from the Round Barn, p. 80.


University of Illinois—Springfield, http://www.uis.edu/ (January 24, 2003), faculty profile of author.

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