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Landon, Margaret, 1903-1993.

 Person

Biographical Statement

Margaret Landon (September 7, 1903 – December 4, 1993) was an American writer who became famous for Anna and the King of Siam, her 1944 novel of the life of Anna Leonowens. Her book on Leonowens was published in 1944 and became an instant bestseller. It eventually sold over a million copies and was published in more than twenty languages. In 1950, Mrs. Landon sold the musical play rights to Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammenstein II, who created the musical The King and I from her book. A later work, Never Dies the Dream, about her own experiences, appeared in 1949.

Born as Margaret Dorothea Mortenson to Anenus Duabus "A.D." and Adelle Mortensen in Somers, Wisconsin, she was one of three daughters in a devout Methodist family. The family moved to Evanston, Illinois, where she graduated from Evanston Township High School in 1921. She attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois, graduating in 1925. She taught school for a year, then married Kenneth Landon, who she knew from Wheaton, and in 1927 they signed up as Presbyterian missionaries to Thailand. Between 1927-1937, in addition to having three children, Margaret Schoeherr, Carol Pearson, and William, while also running a mission school in Trang, Landon read extensively about the country. During her readings, she learned about Leonowens. When the family returned to America in 1937, she soon began writing articles and then began researching material for a book on Leonowens. The family moved to Washington, D.C. in 1942 when her husband joined the United States Department of State as an expert adviser on Southeast Asia. In 1947, Kenneth authored "Southeast Asia, Crossroad of Religion," subsequently reprinted in 1969 and 1974. He also wrote "The Chinese in Thailand" and "Siam in Transition." Her 4th child, Kenneth, Jr., was born in Washington, D.C. He followed the lead of his parents and took up writing about his own field of interest, releasing a weighty (904 pages) tome, "God of Glory: The Promise of Relationship" in 1992. Margaret Landon was married sixty-seven years. She died in Alexandria, Virginia, December 4, 1993, aged 90, leaving 13 grandchildren and twenty-five great grandchildren. One of her great grandchildren is also a writer. Mrs. Landon is interred in Wheaton Cemetery in Illinois.

Citation:
Author: Wheaton College Archives & Special Collections staff
Citation:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Margaret_Landon

Found in 573 Collections and/or Records:

Landon Chronicles (1917-1921): Margaret's Time in High School (hour 16, clip 11)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC16-11
Dates: Digitized: 1917-1921

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Had Restrictions (hour 16, clip 3)

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Identifier: LC16-03
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Helped Write the School Song (hour 16, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC16-09
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Put on a Program of Hiawatha (hour 16, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC16-04
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Wanted to Be an Actress (hour 16, clip 7)

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Identifier: LC16-07
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Was Addicted to Reading (hour 16, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC16-01
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret Was Very Busy (hour 16, clip 2)

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Identifier: LC16-02
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Margaret's Journal Entries (hour 16, clip 8)

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Identifier: LC16-08
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1917): Someone in Evanston is Held Up (hour 16, clip 6)

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Identifier: LC16-06
Dates: Digitized: 1917

Landon Chronicles (1918-1921): Adelle Was Very Hospitable (hour 18, clip 6)

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Identifier: LC18-06
Dates: Digitized: 1918-1921

Landon Chronicles (1921-1923): Margaret Dated Various People (hour 18, clip 13)

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Identifier: LC18-13
Dates: Digitized: 1921-1923

Landon Chronicles (1921-1923): The Guys Margaret Went on Dates With (hour 19, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC19-01
Dates: Digitized: 1921-1923

Landon Chronicles (1921): Anenus Duabus Had His First Stroke (hour 18, clip 9)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC18-09
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1921): Anenus Duabus Mortenson's Health (hour 19, clip 2)

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Identifier: LC19-02
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1921): Letter from Margaret's Grandmother (hour 13, clip 7)

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Identifier: LC13-07
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1921): Margaret Decides to Go to Wheaton (hour 16, clip 15)

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Identifier: LC16-15
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1921): Margaret Had Her Tonsils Removed (hour 18, clip 8)

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Identifier: LC18-08
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1921): Margaret's Beginnings at Wheaton (hour 17, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC17-04
Dates: Digitized: 1921

Landon Chronicles (1922-1923): Margaret's First Note from Kenneth (hour 19, clip 15)

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Identifier: LC19-15
Dates: Digitized: 1922-1923

Landon Chronicles (1922-1924): Kenneth's Decision to Become a Minister (hour 22, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC22-01
Dates: Digitized: 1922-1924

Landon Chronicles (1922): Anenus Duabus Went Back to Work (hour 25, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC25-09
Dates: Digitized: 1922

Landon Chronicles (1922): Margaret and Kenneth First Meet (hour 19, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC19-04
Dates: Digitized: 1922

Landon Chronicles (1922): Margaret's Expenses (hour 19, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC19-09
Dates: Digitized: 1922

Landon Chronicles (1922): The Summer the Cottage was Built (hour 25, clip 8)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC25-08
Dates: Digitized: 1922

Landon Chronicles (1923): Anenus Duabus Mortenson's Symptoms (hour 20, clip 11)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC20-11
Dates: Digitized: 1923

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Basketball. 7
Death. 7
Marriage. 7
King and I (Motion picture) 4
Missionaries -- Thailand. 4