This Goodly Land

Margaret Zehmer Searcy (October 26, 1926–present)

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Biographical Information

Margaret Zehmer Searcy was born and grew up in Raleigh, N.C. She earned her BA from Duke University in 1946. In 1954, Searcy became the first student to receive an MA in anthropology from the University of Alabama. She was an instructor in anthropology at the University of Alabama from 1963 until her retirement in 1988. Searcy's first children's book, Ikwa of the Temple Mounds, was published in 1974. Since then, she has published six more books for children and young adults. Television versions of Ikwa of the Temple Mounds and The Race of Flitty Humming Bird and Flappy Crane were first broadcast by Alabama Public Television in 1978.

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Many of Margaret Zehmer Searcy's books for children and young adults introduce the reader to Southeastern Indians and their mythology, as well as the flora and fauna of the region. Eyr the Hunter is set in North America during the Ice Age.

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Last updated on Oct 15, 2009.

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