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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 (1929): Siam: Maragaret Started Driving Again (hour 45, clip 6)

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Identifier: LC45-06
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret Comments on Skin Color (hour 50, clip 18)

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Identifier: LC50-18
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret Describes a Normal Day (hour 49, clip 13)

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Identifier: LC49-13
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret Describes Chong (hour 48, clip 4)

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Identifier: LC48-04
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret Trains Nai Dit to Cook (hour 45, clip 8)

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Identifier: LC45-08
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret's Garden (hour 46, clip 11)

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Identifier: LC46-11
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret's Letter to Evangeline (hour 52, clip 1)

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Identifier: LC52-01
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret's Letter to Kenneth (hour 51, clip 7)

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Identifier: LC51-07
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret's Trip on a Steamer (hour 52, clip 3)

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Identifier: LC52-03
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Margaret's Trip to India (hour 52, clip 5)

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Identifier: LC52-05
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Mr. Snyder Died at Nakhon (hour 47, clip 8)

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Identifier: LC47-08
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Mrs. Bulkley and Her Advice (hour 50, clip 6)

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Identifier: LC50-06
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Nanhalung Show (hour 48, clip 2)

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Identifier: LC48-02
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Peggy, Bill and Margaret (hour 50, clip 11)

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Identifier: LC50-11
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Problem of Dogs and Cats (hour 45, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC45-09
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Problem with Kru Tim (hour 45, clip 10)

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Identifier: LC45-10
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: Servant Problems (hour 49, clip 17)

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Identifier: LC49-17
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: The House at Trang (hour 49, clip 7)

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Identifier: LC49-07
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: The Landons' Cats (hour 49, clip 6)

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Identifier: LC49-06
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1929): Siam: The Servants were Stealing Food (hour 50, clip 9)

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Identifier: LC50-09
Dates: Digitized: 1929

Landon Chronicles (1930): Kenneth's New Idea: Epistolary Evangelism (hour 56, clip 11)

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Identifier: LC56-11
Dates: Digitized: 1930

Landon Chronicles (1930): Life on Tajin Road (hour 56, 2)

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Identifier: LC56-02
Dates: Digitized: 1930

Landon Chronicles (1930): Margaret and Kenneth on Peggy and Bill (hour 57, clip 11)

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Identifier: LC57-11
Dates: Digitized: 1930

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