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Elsie Lee

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Elsie Lee

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Full Name: Elsie Lee Sheridan
Born: January 24, 1912
Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: February 8, 1987
New York City, USA
Occupation: Writer
Nationality: American


Elsie Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York to Helen (Bogert) and Samuel Byron Williams, Jr. Samuel was a telephone engineer born in Ohio, who worked for Western Electric in New York City. Helen was a housewife. When Elsie was 13 years old, a brother, David G. Williams, was born.

Elsie began cooking at age eight, attended Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania from 1928 to 1932, and attended the Pratt Institute from 1932 to 1933.

Elsie married Morton Lee on December 27, 1941. She was a member of the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Authors Guild of Authors League of America, and Mensa. Her interests included cats, cooking, music, bridge, two-pack solitaire games, word games, and jigsaw puzzles.

Elsie worked as a librarian for Price, Waterhouse & Company 1937-1942; as an office manager for Reeves Laboratories 1942-1945; a librarian for the Gulf Oil Company 1947-1951; an executive secretary for Andrews, Clark & Buckley 1951-53 (all in New York City); and as a writer from 1945 until her death. She mentions in Elsie Lee's Book of Simple Gourmet Cookery that she lived in Washington for six years, and Hollywood for three.

Elsie began writing in the 1940s, selling her first stories to the Ladies Home Journal. She described her writing this way: "I write fairy tales for grownups, principally women... I am better at characterizations than plots, and best with cats who are unanimously adored by my readers... I will not compromise on the quality of vocabulary and grammar in my books... it is a writer's responsibility to TEACH subtly through entertainment..."

Her pseudonyms included Elsie Cromwell, Jane Gordon, and Lee Sheridan.

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