Maud Hart Lovelace

Maud Hart Lovelace
Maud Hart Lovelace

Maud Hart Lovelace was born on April 25, 1892 and died on March 11, 1980. She dedicated herself to be an American author. Maud Hart Lovelace is often known as the writer of the Betsy-Tacy book series.

She was born in Mankato, Minnesota. She had two sisters, who Maud Hart Lovelace used as an inspiration for two characters of the Betsy-Tacy series. Namely, her sister Kathleen is represented by book character Julia, while Helen embodies the character Margaret.

Maud Hart Lovelace’s career and bibliography

When in California for a brief period of one year, Maud Hart Lovelace sold her first short story to the Los Angeles Times Magazine. During her time in university, Maud Hart Lovelace worked for the newspaper Minnesota Daily, but she did not graduate.

Maud Hart Lovelace wrote her first book, called The Black Angels, published in 1926. It is an historical novel set in Minnesota. Maud Hart Lovelace went on to write more novels and short stories.

It was her book series Betsy-Tacy that made Maud Hart Lovelace known, by achieving a stellar success. The first book of Maud Hart Lovelace’s series was published in 1940, while the last one was published fifteen years later.

Here’s the list of all the books published by Maud Hart Lovelace:

Standalone novels by Maud Hart Lovelace

These novels can be read in any particular order and are not connected to any other of her works. Some of these works resulted of a collaboration with Maud Hart Lovelace’s husband, Delos Lovelace, as you can read below:

  • The Black Angels, published in 1926, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Early Candlelight, published in 1929, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Petticoat Court, published in 1930, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • The Charming Sally, published in 1932, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • One Stayed At Welcome, published in 1934, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Gentlemen From England, published in 1937, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • The Golden Wedge: Indian Legends of South America, published in 1942, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • The Tune Is In The Tree, published in 1950, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • The Trees Kneel At Christmas, published in 1951, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • What Cabrillo Found, published in 1958, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • The Valentine Box, published in 1966, written by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Betsy-Tacy book series by Maud Hart Lovelace

Betsy-Tacy is the most popular book series written by Maud Hart Lovelace. In fact, it’s still read to this day by children all over the world. This Maud Hart Lovelace’s book series is comprised of the following novels:

  • Betsy-Tacy, published in 1940, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy-Tacy and Tib, published in 1941, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, published in 1942, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy and Tacy Go Downtown, published in 1943, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Heaven to Betsy, published in 1945, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy in Spite of Herself, published in 1946, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy Was a Junior, published in 1947, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy and Joe, published in 1948, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy and the Great World, published in 1952, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Betsy’s Wedding, published in 1955, written by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Deep Valley book series by Maud Hart Lovelace

This book series written by Maud Hart Lovelace is made of three books that are loosely connected. All the books share the same setting, however. Here are the three novels of Maud Hart Lovelace’s Deep Valley book series:

  • Carney’s House Party, published in 1949, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Emily of Deep Valley, published in 1950, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Winona’s Pony Cart, published in 1953, written by Maud Hart Lovelace.

Short stories written by Maud Hart Lovelace

Maud Hart Lovelace wrote several short stories that were published in different magazines. Some of these short stories were co-written with Maud Hart Lovelace’s husband, Delos Lovelace, as you can read below:

  • Borghild’s Clothes, published in the magazine The Modern Priscilla, in April 1922, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Laughing Tyrant, published in the magazine The Country Gentleman, on March 29, 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • East Wind, published in the magazine The Country Gentleman, on April 26, 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • The Maid and the Hope Chest, published in the magazine Metropolitan Magazine, in May 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • The Little White Lamb, published in the magazine The Delineator, in June 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Auction, published in the magazine The Country Gentleman, on August 2, 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Land, published in the magazine Liberty, on August 9, 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Neighbors, published in the magazine The Country Gentleman, on September 27, 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Widow Carmelita, published in the magazine Catholic World, in October 1924, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace;
  • Carcassonne Flyer, published in the magazine Sunset Magazine, in April 1925, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • Love’s Daily Dozen, published in The Delineator, in August 1925, written by Maud Hart Lovelace;
  • One Day to Live, published in the magazine The Delineator, in October 1925, written by Maud Hart Lovelace and Delos Lovelace.

Awards for Maud Hart Lovelace

Starting in 1961, the city of Mankato, Minnesota, considers October 7th to be the Betsy-Tacy Day.

In 1990, ten years after Maud Hart Lovelace’s death, the Betsy-Tacy Society was founded.

In 2010, Maud Hart Lovelace’s home was designated a National Literary Landmark.

Start reading books by Maud Hart Lovelace

A great place to start reading books by Maud Hart Lovelace is to read the first installment in her bestselling series, Betsy-Tacy. The first novel shares the same name: Betsy-Tacy.