Lucile Watkins Ellison was born and raised in Pennington, Ala. She earned a baccalaureate degree from Mississippi State College for Women (now Mississippi University for Women). After graduation, Ellison worked in Meridian, Miss., as a teacher and a reporter. After her marriage, she and her husband moved to Washington, D.C. Ellison worked on the staff of the National Education Association in Washington from 1937 to 1970. In the early 1970s, Ellison was diagnosed with cancer and began writing what she called “the Lucy stories,” whose characters were based on the members of her own family. Her first book, Butter on Both Sides, was published in 1979, shortly before her death. Two more books were published posthumously.
Lucile Watkins Ellison's stories for children are based on her life in rural Alabama early in the twentieth century.
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Last updated on May 30, 2008.