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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 (1926): Bear Lake Beat Onekama (hour 28, clip 21)

 Digital Record
Identifier: LC28-21
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Biggest Snow of the Winter (hour 28, clip 2)

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Identifier: LC28-02
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Bordentown, NJ (hour 30, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC30-04
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Evan Welsh's Engagement and Evangeline (hour 32, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC32-01
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Evangelistic Meetings at Bear Lake (hour 28, clip 25)

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Identifier: LC28-25
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Final Wedding Plans (hour 29, clip 11)

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Identifier: LC29-11
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Further Reflections on Their Wedding (hour 30, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC30-01
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): High School Teachers were Criticized (hour 26, clip 19)

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Identifier: LC26-19
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Honeymoon: Stony Lake and Gull Lake (hour 30, clip 2)

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Identifier: LC30-02
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth and Margaret's Wedding (hour 29, clip 12)

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Identifier: LC29-12
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth and Margaret's Wedding Plans (hour 26, clip 24)

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Identifier: LC26-24
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth Had an Effective Ministry (hour 32, clip 14)

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Identifier: LC32-14
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth Sent Margaret a Wedding Ring (hour 26, clip 14)

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Identifier: LC26-14
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth Suggested a Possible Honeymoon (hour 28, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC28-09
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Kenneth's Wedding Clothes (hour 26, clip 17)

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Identifier: LC26-17
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Lois Visited Margaret at Bear Lake (hour 28, clip 22)

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Identifier: LC28-22
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Margaret Bought a New Dress (hour 29, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC29-04
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Margaret Had a Bad Cold (hour 26, clip 18)

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Identifier: LC26-18
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Margaret's Basketball Team Won a Game (hour 27, clip 26)

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Identifier: LC27-26
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Margaret's Final Letter from Bear Lake (hour 29, clip 5)

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Identifier: LC29-05
Dates: Digitized: 1926

Landon Chronicles (1926): Margaret's Team Beats Onekama (hour 26, clip 22)

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Identifier: LC26-22
Dates: Digitized: 1926

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Type
Digital Record 568
Unprocessed Material 3
Collection 2
 
Subject
Basketball. 7
Death. 7
Marriage. 7
King and I (Motion picture) 4
Missionaries -- Thailand. 4